Hear out Dr. Benjamin Polan on ear pain in Beverly, MA
TMJ ear pain
TMJ disorders can cause pain in the ears as well as pain in the jaw, neck and shoulders. It’s comforting for most patients to learn that TMJ ear pain is very treatable. A conversation with an expert TMJ dentist can help to establish the exact cause of this pain as TMJ causes vary from patient to patient, and choose the best course of action to relieve the discomfort and achieve eventuac l recovery.
How the ear is connected to the jaw
Ears are dynamic organs, they’re controlled by muscles just like the rest of the face. One way to demonstrate this is to place your finger firmly inside of your ear and then widely open and close your jaw. Do you feel the movement? When one is on an airplane and an uncomfortable level of pressure builds up inside the ears’ eustachian tubes, passengers often reach for a stick of gum. This is because the act of moving the jaw muscles can help relieve the ear pressure build-up.
How TMJ disorders lead to ear pain
Because the temporomandibular joint is very closely connected to the muscles that control the ears, a misalignment or malfunction puts pressure on the muscles that both surround and control the ears and in turn can place excess pressure on the ear’s nerves. Also, the pain of TMJ disorder is sometimes transferred directly to the ears as opposed to its origin point in the jaw.
Finding the unique cause of your pain will help to determine which course of treatment will be used, so a TMJ dentist such as Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA will conduct a very thorough patient history and physical examination to discover the underlying problems.
Symptoms of TMJ ear pain
Here are some listed symptoms potentially caused by TMJ:
- Sharp shooting pain in ear
- Dull aching pain in ear
- Feeling of fullness in the eustachian tubes, similar to the discomfort of ears popping
- Pain in ears when chewing
- Pain in ears when speaking
- Ringing or other unusual noises in ears
How your TMJ dentist can help
Once the cause of your specific TMJ ear pain is discovered, your dentist can offer many different options for treatment which can sometimes require nothing more than hot and cold compresses, muscle relaxants or pain relievers. A specially designed night-guard designed to prevent tooth-grinding may also provide substantial relief. In extreme cases surgery may help as well, but should be considered last after all other treatment options have failed.
Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA specializes in neuromuscular dentistry and the treatment of TMJ ear pain. His experienced and friendly staff will explain the possible causes of your pain and work with you to decide the best course of action for your unique situation and guide you on your journey to recovery.