Idiopathic Condylar Resorption (ICR)

Idiopathic condylar resorption (ICR), also known as condylar resorption or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) resorption, is a rare condition where the jaw joint undergoes progressive, degeneration and resorption. It primarily affects young women and can lead to significant changes in the jaw structure, including jaw pain, facial asymmetry, and bite problems.

Common Symptoms

Common symptoms for ICR include jaw pain, limited jaw movement, facial asymmetry, bite changes, open bite, malocclusion, and difficulty in chewing and speaking. It may also be accompanied by clicking or popping sounds in the jaw, headaches, earaches, and TMJ-related discomfort. As idiopathic condylar resorption progresses, advanced symptoms may include significant facial asymmetry, pronounced bite changes, severe jaw pain, chronic headaches, difficulty in opening or closing the mouth, limited jaw movement, clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint, earaches, and hearing problems. In advanced stages, the resorption of the condyle can lead to functional impairments, such as difficulty in chewing and speaking.

Procedure Performed

LeFort 1 Segmental Osteotomy. Bilateral Total Joint Replacement (TJR).

About This Patient

Before meeting with Dr. Movahed, Clessa’s bite advanced from a Class I Occlusion to an anterior open bite and recession of the lower jaw. She was suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, asymmetrical jaws, malocclusion or misalignment of her teeth, and Temporomandibular disorder, causing Temporomandibular joint pain.





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