On Saturday night, March 22, country music singer, LeAnn Rimes put on a concert in Oklahoma, where she belted out a set list of her greatest hits. Everything was going well until it was time for her to take the stage for an encore. Then suddenly, LeAnn Rimes realized that she was not able to perform the encore because her jaw had popped out of socket during the concert. Ouch!
Rimes suffers from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), which effects the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull directly in front of the ear on each side of the head. In a healthy joint, there is great flexibility, which allows the jaw to move both up and down and side to side when talking, eating, and yawning. However, Rimes has trouble is this joint, which causes her to suffer from pain and tenderness in her face and jaw. Other symptoms she may experience with TMJ include difficulty chewing, clicking or popping in the jaw, her jaw getting stuck in an open or closed position, or her jaw popping out of socket.
Fans were noticeably disappointed when Rimes did not return to the stage, and Rimes felt bad that she could not perform the encore. Following the concert, she was quick to apologize to her adoring fans. “Oklahoma, I love you so much,” she tweeted. “I’m so sorry for no encore,” LeAnn Rimes explained saying her jaw had popped out of socket during her Oklahoma concert and that she could not hear out of her left ear.
But this is not the first time Rimes has had trouble with TMJ and as a result has had an adverse effect on her concert performances. In fact, just last year, in the fall, dental problems forced her to cancel some of her tour dates when the pain was just to unbearable to endure.
Rimes’ dental saga goes back several years. She underwent numerous dental procedures during the summer of 2012, and has since, in early 2013, filed a lawsuit against her dentist claiming malpractice. In the lawsuit, Rimes says that her dentist, Dr. Duane C. McKay messed up her teeth while performing various procedures spanning a three-year time period. Rimes said the pain she felt as a result of these procedures, including nine root canals, bone grafting, bridges, veneers, crowns, and physical therapy, was excruciating and had left her with a “permanent cosmetic deficiency.” In the lawsuit, Rimes seeks damages of an unspecified amount to cover past and future earnings as well as all the physical, emotional, and psychiatric pain she has suffered.
Part of Rimes’ dental malpractice lawsuit was dismissed because Dr. McKay’s corporation no longer exists; however, she is still going after him personally for all that he has put her through. She described the pain saying, “When it is mouth pain and jaw pain, it makes your whole head pound!”
Regardless of her dental problems, LeAnn Rimes did her best to put on a good show for Oklahoma, but when her jaw popped out of socket during the concert, she had no choice but to call it a night.
Opinion By Donna W. Martin