Tinnitus is an unexplained noise in one or both ears that no one else can hear. It affects 15-20% of the population, but it isn’t a disease in and of itself. Tinnitus is a symptom that can be caused by a variety of underlying conditions.
What is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder (temporomandibular joint disorder) is a condition that causes pain in the jaw and facial muscles. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. TMJ disorder can be caused by several things, including teeth grinding, clenching, trauma, arthritis, and teeth or jaw misalignment.
What is the Connection Between Tinnitus and TMJ Disorder?
There is no definitive answer as to whether or not there is a connection between tinnitus and TMJ disorder. However, many people who suffer from TMJ disorder do also experience tinnitus. It is thought that the two conditions may be linked because both can be caused by muscle tension and damage to the nerves in the head and neck region. Additionally, both conditions can cause pain and discomfort.
Tinnitus caused by temporomandibular joint disorder is often resolved through treatment of the TMJ. Headaches and ringing in the ears are common symptoms of TMJ dysfunction. To determine if your tinnitus is due to TMJ, note how altering the position of your jaw affects the volume or pitch of ear noise.
Can TMJ Cause Tinnitus?
Yes, TMJ can cause tinnitus. The TMJ is located in front of the ear and shares some nerve supply from the jaw area. Inflammation and discomfort in the TMJ might change your ear structure and hearing perception, producing an abnormal sound that does not exist. Disc injury in the TMJ could result in clicking or crunchy noises that you and others near you can hear.
Sometimes ringing can be the only TMJ symptom. The good news is that TMJ tinnitus may be treated and will go away with proper treatment. However, in studies, patients with TMJ problems were three times more likely to have ear ringing. On the other hand, those who suffer from TMJ headaches are six times more likely to have tinnitus.
How is TMJ Tinnitus Treated?
When you receive TMJD treatment, one of the significant changes you may see is a change in facial alignment. If you had an underbite before treatment, your chin might look more balanced and level with the rest of your face. On the other hand, patients who had an overbite often say they see a stronger-looking chin and a better-defined jawline.
Dr. Roberson is not only a cosmetic dentist but also neuromuscular, meaning he will consider your smile when treating TMJD. This might entail recontouring or reshaping to give you an attractive smile and relieve pain.
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, don’t hesitate to contact Roberson Dental, as ignoring these issues can lead to more significant problems.