Many dentists look for TMJ issues or problems with a patient’s bite, but often the cause of a patient’s issues is related to airway and breathing complications, reports DentistryIQ.

The Doppler auscultation revealed reciprocal click on the left temporomandibular joint. The CBCT revealed normal joint anatomy, nasal airway obstruction with a slight deviated septum, and approximately 95% tonsillar obstruction in the posterior throat region. These findings led us to the conclusion of a positive airway/breathing disorder, with a Piper Stage I right temporomandibular joint and Piper Stage IIIa left temporomandibular joint.

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