If you are prone to ear aches or experience any symptoms of tinnitus, your jaw may be the culprit. Ear pain of any sort is difficult to overlook. Extreme discomfort or a constant audible ringing, popping or clicking sound can make it hard to function.
If ear pain is unresolved after a few days and does not respond to conventional treatment or seems to happen consistently, TMJ disorder may be the underlying cause. A TruDenta dentist has extensive knowledge of the head and neck anatomy and physiology. Their training goes much farther than whitening and straightening teeth. It may be time to discover that a TruDenta dentist can treat chronic earaches and tinnitus.
What Is Tinnitus?
The jaw can easily refer pain to the ears due to how close these components of the skull are situated. Some patients describe the sensation of pain deep within their ear. Similarly, the same principles that cause ear pain may cause a ringing or noisy sensation known as tinnitus. This condition may be hardly noticeable in some people to extremely distracting in other individuals. Left untreated for some time, tinnitus can be a precursor to depression in some patients.
What Is the Temporomandibular Joint?
Recurring earaches or tinnitus may be the end result of living with a misalignment of your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. These two joints are very tiny and located just in front of your ears. They are responsible for separating the bones in your jaw from your ear canals, allowing the mandible to slide easily. Without the TMJ, we wouldn’t be able to chew our food, yawn or talk. This portion of the skull is extremely thin; therefore, any discomfort can affect the inner intricacies of the ear. If this joint becomes maligned for some reason, the ear region often suffers since it is in such close proximity.
Along with tinnitus and ear pain, muscle dysfunctions of the neck and head can also lead to:
- Clenching and Grinding
- Head and Neck Tension
- Broken Teeth and Dental Work
Diagnostic Discovery and Pain Free Treatment
TruDenta dentists rely on state-of-the-art equipment to conduct a pain-free assessment. The TruDenta system of diagnosis and treatment has been successfully utilized in sports medicine and advanced dentistry for quite some time. The entire screening process takes approximately 20 minutes.
The screening procedure is painless. The Bite Analysis can determine your bite paint and accurate picture of your overall jaw and dental health. A customized treatment plan is then formed to facilitate realigning the jaw without the use of drugs. Figuring out what is the root cause of your discomfort and what the best options are can provide you lasting relief.
How the TruDenta System Works:
- High-tech Bite Force Analysis Consultation
- Analysis of your Range of Motion
- Headache History Diary
- Muscle Exam
- Questionnaire on Head Health
If you are tired of living with the symptoms reflective of a TMJ disorder, it is time to visit your TruDenta dentist and schedule a screening test. The valuable information you will gain can positively affect your quality of life.