Tinnitus is a physical condition, that causes people to feel a constant ringing in the ears, sometimes accompanied by pain, even when there is no external physical noise causing it. Tinnitus is usually caused by a fault in the hearing system; it is a symptom, not a disease in itself.
The Centers for Disease Control estimate that almost 15% of Americans suffer from some form of tinnitus.
Can Tinnitus Cause TMJ Symptoms?
If you are one of the many people suffering from tinnitus then it’s likely you’ve wondered what the root cause of this condition is.
Tinnitus can be caused by just about anything that can go wrong with your ears, from wax buildup against the eardrum to head injuries and exposure to excessive noise.
Tinnitus is known to be a common side-effect from those who suffer from TMJ Disorder (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction).
Relationship Between TMJ and Tinnitus
Tinnitus is often one of the common symptoms of TMJ. These two symptoms are commonly experienced by the same patients. The eardrum is located very close to the temporomandibular joint, which is the main joint at issue in cases of TMD. When the temporomandibular joint becomes inflamed, it can also affect the eardrum. The inflammation of the joint can affect the stabilization can cause the pain and noise associated with Tinnitus.
Very often by treating the physical ailment that is causing TMJ, the tinnitus will subside.
If a TMJ disorder is suspected, an appointment with a dentist or TMJ specialist is recommended.
Tinnitus and TMJ Treatment
A variety of TMJ treatment options are available to treat TMJ disorder. If your tinnitus is related to your TMJ problem, the tinnitus may improve as the TMJ problems get resolved. Most treatments for TMJ are non-surgical.hea
Some options include medications, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy and mouth guards. Another effective option is therapeutic Botox injections. Some people have success with alternative medicine treatments. The best way to find out what options may work for you is to schedule an appointment with a dentist who specializes in TMJ treatments.
Seeking TMJ treatment in Plano, Texas area?
Contact us today to set up your free TMJ consultation. Dr. Wilhite has over 30 years experience and can test and diagnose your TMJ Disorder. He will be able to discuss possible treatments to decide which is right for you.
We can also talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.
Call us at (972) 964-3774
David Wilhite is a Plano Texas Dentist who has helped hundreds of patients with TMJ treatment and relief. He has over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry.