TMJ ear pain can be horrible
Pain, ringing, congestion, vertigo, dizziness, whistling … from annoying to debilitating, ear pain can take a toll on the quality of your life. Ear pain can be hard to diagnose. Most people seek medical treatment, but, if the problem isn’t related to the health of your ears, your doctor may not be able to help.
A malfunctioning jaw, commonly known as TMJ, could be the cause of your ear pain.
The jaw bone’s connected to the … ear???
Your jaw joint sits very close to your ears. A TMJ disorder is caused when your jaw joint is not in proper alignment. It strains the muscles of your face, head and neck, which, in turn, puts pressure on the nerves that control your ears.
To find your TMJ, your temporomandibular joint, use your ear as a landmark. Place a finger under your cheek bone just in front of the middle of your ear. When you open and close your jaw, you’ll feel your jaw joint move. If you feel any clicking or hear any popping, it’s a sign that you may have a misaligned bite. If that’s the case it could be TMJ that’s causing your ear pain.
Kick TMJ ear pain out of your life
A life free of painful, ringing ears caused by TMJ can be yours. Trained in neuromuscular (TMJ) dentistry, Dr. Nancy. Nehawandian of Top Down Dental in San Jose/Los Gatos can help resolve your TMJ ear pain. The first step is to a detailed dental evaluation to determine if TMJ is, indeed, causing the pain in your ear.
Once diagnosed, she has many treatments to give you TMJ ear pain relief. Cold and hot compresses, pain relievers, or muscle relaxants may be all that you need. Physical therapy may be prescribed to help your jaw regain its full range of motion without discomfort. A mouth guard tailored to your jaw could also be a solution. When every other avenue has been exhausted, oral surgery is the last resort.
Get ear pain relief in San Jose/Los Gatos
Dr. Nancy Nehawandian and her team at Top Down Dental have the experience and training you need to resolve your ear pain. By taking the time to talk to you, Dr. Nancy Nehawandian will not only help you better understand what’s going on with your jaw and ears, she’ll review the most effective course of treatment for your jaw and ear problems.