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). Genioplasty.

About This Patient

She endured persistent jaw pain, an uneven bite, and TMJ issues that affected her daily life. Eating became difficult, speaking and moving her mouth caused discomfort, and even yawning became painful. Seeking answers, she consulted various doctors until finding Dr. Movahed. She traveled all the way from Utah for her surgery. Following surgery, she experienced significant improvements, including being able to eat more comfortably, engage in activities with her child, and enjoy a pain-free smile.
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In This Video

Alicia’s temporomandibular joint was very painful, making it difficult to eat and even speak. Her bite was also misaligned. She talks about meeting with other surgeons but how she found Dr. Movahed through recommendations. After her surgery, she is able to more comfortably eat and spend quality time with her son. She further expands on her experience in the video.







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After Occlusion

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Dr. Movahed’s Thoughts...

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“ In this video, Dr. Movahed talks about Alicia’s challenging journey marked by severe joint breakdown and jaw ankylosis, causing excruciating pain. He emphasizes the crucial role of a strong support system, her loving family, in overcoming the surgery’s challenges. The comprehensive treatment plan he created and the surgery her performed addressed temporomandibular joint disorder, facial asymmetry, and airway issues.”