How have your ears been aching recently? If you’ve had some ear trouble as of late, then the answer could be in your temporomandibular joint (or TMJ). The TMJ disorder (or TMD) often causes severe headaches, neck pain, and even ear pain. If you can’t find any relief for your ear discomfort, visit Dr. Mark Miller, your Albuquerque, NM dentist. He can offer treatment and bring you much-needed relief.
Ear Symptoms that Could Indicate TMD
- Ear pain. When the muscles surrounding the TMJ become overworked from a misaligned bite, you can begin to feel pain. Though the initial discomfort begins in the jaw, your head, neck, and even ears also become affected. If you have a persistent earache and your doctor can’t find the cause, visit your Albuquerque, NM dentist for treatment. The cause could stem from TMD.
- Ear congestion. Have your ears felt particularly stuffy lately? TMD may have something to do with it. Inside the middle ear, lies a tube that connects to the back of the nose. The Eustachian tube, as it’s called, typically remains closed to avoid infections and maintain stable ear pressure. However, when the TMJ isn’t functioning properly, the pressure inside the tube doesn’t stabilize, which can lead to ear infections. If you’ve recently suffered from ear infections without any relief, you may have TMD.
- Dizziness. When the inner ear is afflicted, vertigo tends to occur. Though other factors, such as poor circulation and migraines could also cause dizziness, a disturbance in your TMJ is one to consider. With corrections to your bite, the dizziness from the TMJ malfunction fades rather quickly.
- Ringing in the ears. Loud noises usually cause your ears to ring for long periods of time. Yet, those suffering from TMD can also experience ringing in their ears. Many times, an issue with their TMJ isn’t even considered a possible cause. During your next appointment, have your Albuquerque, NM dentist check for TMD symptoms.
Visit Snow Park Dental for TMD Treatment
If you think you may suffer from TMJ visit your Albuquerque, NM dentist as soon as possible. With treatment, the dentist can relieve your ears and improve TMD symptoms. To schedule an appointment, call us at (505) 596-4479. Also, visit our website to view the smile gallery, print patient forms, and read reviews from loyal patients. We look forward to treating families from Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and surrounding communities.