What’s causing your ear pain?

If you find yourself struggling with problems with your ears, you’re not alone. Many Americans fight with a dull ache, vertigo, a ringing noise, or a sense of congestion in their ears on a daily basis. In some cases, these problems may simply be a nuisance.

However, your ear troubles could be getting in the way of day to day life. If you’ve been to the doctor but have been unable to pinpoint the source of your discomfort, you could be looking in the wrong place. The issues with your ears could be tied in with your jaw and a TMJ disorder.

How can TMJ cause ear pain?

Your jaw is controlled by the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the joint that connects the upper and lower parts of your jaw. It consists of a delicate balance of nerves, muscles, ligaments, and bones. When everything works properly, this essential joint will do its job well, opening and closing without a hitch.

However, when there is any misalignment, strain, or inflammation, a TMJ disorder can result. As pressure is placed on your jaw, it can also affect the nerves connected to your ears. Jaw pain, headaches, sore shoulders, and pain in your neck are other indicators that your temporomandibular joint is in trouble.

You don’t have to live with pain

You can put a stop to problems with your ears. Dr. Ana Brightleaf, a Santa Monica practitioner of TMJ dentistry, has the tools to help. With a background in neuromuscular dentistry, Dr. Brightleaf has the knowledge and equipment necessary to conduct a thorough examination. Through the use of scans and a bite analysis, it will be possible to determine if your temporomandibular joint is misaligned, under strain, or has become inflamed. Finding out if a TMJ disorder is at the heart of your ear pain is the first step.

Treat your TMJ disorder and say goodbye to ear pain

Once your TMJ disorder has been diagnosed, you have a host of treatment options. Pain medication and warm compresses may be a simple fix. Massage therapy or physical therapy are other treatment alternatives. Other options include a mouth guard that is worn at night or surgery as a final resort. Contact us and put your ear pain behind you.