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TMJ & Ear Pain

No one wants to live in pain. Pain makes daily life more difficult in just about every way. Often people who suffer from headaches, ear pain, neck pain, and facial pain spend countless attempts at finding a treatment that works. What they don’t realize is that there’s a connection they might be missing. There’s a connection between TMJ & ear pain, migraines, neck pain and more. Thankfully, treating TMJ can help relieve pain and get you back to enjoying life.

Mark Levy DDS sees many patients who’ve been suffering from ear pain. Often it’s discovered that the cause of their pain is undiagnosed TMJ. Thankfully, Dr. Levy is an expert when it comes to treating TMJ & ear pain.

TMJ & Ear Pain

Do you often experience migraines, chronic headaches, facial pain, neck pain, tinnitus or ear pain? If you do, you may be suffering from TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder, a painful condition which develops over time due to the misalignment of the jaw. Statistics show that nearly 80 million people in the US are suffering from TMJ. However, many patients simply live wit their symptoms, hoping they go away on their own. Some patients are misdiagnosed and don’t even know they have TMJ.

TMJ is a common disorder that can be easily be treated, so it is probably best to see Dr. Schwam, your Bend & Redmond dentist, at the very first sign of an earache. Pain is simply not something you have to live with.

Most Common TMJ Symptom: Earaches

Nearly half of all patients with TMJ complain about ear pain, along with other symptoms of TMJ. According to dental experts, the pain in your ear can be caused by inflammation brought about by poor misalignment of your bite or by stress on the jaw joint caused by the grinding and clenching of your teeth.  However, due to the nearness of the inner ear to the jaw, any inflammation in the jaw can also be felt in the inner ear.

Some doctors may readily assume that your earache is due to an ear infection and while this is understandable, it is not optimum. So how do you know if your symptoms are possibly related to TMJ? If your earache is not accompanied by fever, drainage or hearing loss, then there is a great possibility that you may be suffering from TMJ disorder.

Factors that May Worsen or Complicate TMJ & Ear Pain

A person increases his or her risk of developing TMJ when the muscles, ligaments and bones within the jaw no longer work as they should. In addition, the stress and strain brought about by your daily routine, along with cold weather conditions and the constant motion of your jaw when eating and talking, may cause further damage to the muscles, tissues and ligaments, a condition that may lead to tenderness, pain and joint discomfort. The tender muscles in your jaw will continue to irritate your temporomandibular joint. As the irritation continues you will experience the painful symptoms of TMJ if you do not seek medical, or in this case, dental care. Dr. Levy is highly experienced with TMJ disorder. Please call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Levy if you experience recurring earaches.

Easing TMJ & Ear Pain

If you are experiencing pain near the ear area, or anywhere below or inside your ear and the pain worsens when you try to eat or speak, you can take analgesics or anti-inflammatories and apply moist heat along with some therapies to ease the pain.

There are a variety of treatment methods for TMJ sufferers. These methods include treatments such as ultrasound and electric stimulation to relax your jaw muscles, correct your bite’s realignment by repositioning your mouth or reduce the pressure caused by the grinding and clenching of your teeth with a custom-made orthotic device. With the appropriate method and special relaxation techniques, the painful symptoms will eventually fade. That is why it is important to seek the expertise of Dr. Levy and his professional staff. They’ll carefully evaluate your condition and discuss various options for your treatment. So, if you have any questions about TMJ & ear pain, please don’t hesitate to ask. We have all the answers that you need.

Call Mark Levy DDS today at (614) 777-7350 for more information on how he can help you reduce or eliminate your TMJ & ear pain.