TMJ Ear Pain
TMJ ear pain is one possible symptom of Temporo-mandibular Joint Dysfunction. The temporo-mandibular joints are located just in front of and slightly below the ears. TMJD is notorious for the problems it can create and the difficulties in treating the disorder. There are a multitude of symptoms caused by TMJD and it can often go undiagnosed because patients either ignore the symptoms or see general physicians unfamiliar with TMJD.
The first step to treating the TMJ ear pain is diagnosing the disorder correctly. One problem with this particular symptom is that many patients who experience it don't actually see a dentist but a physician specializing in the ear, nose and throat. Many physicians are not trained in diagnosing TMJD and the patient ends up paying for unnecessary and expensive tests. Many patients who do get treatment often get treatment that is not tailored to there case and therefore uneffective
TMJ ear pain is often referred pain. The TMJ problems cause the jaw muscles to tighten and eventually this tightening can cause them to spasm. The spasming can cause surrounding muscles to tighten and affect the muscles in the inner ear, causing pain and a ringing in the ear called tinnitus. This can even cause dizziness. Other TMJ symptoms include jaw clenching, tooth grinding and headaches, just to name a few.
Dr. Mark Allan Padolsky is an Atlanta TMJ Dentist who enjoys helping his patients with their TMJ problems, like TMJ ear pain. Of course, you are welcome to join his family of patients. He offers both initial ( Phase 1 ) TMJ treatment and can also restore the bite if a patient desires it ( Phase 2). If you have a TMJ problem and would like schedule a TMJ consultation with Dr. Padolsky, please call 404-874-7428 to schedule your appointment.