Earache and TMJ Disorders – Explained!

Earache and TMJ Disorders – Explained!

March 4, 2021

Earache is a frequent medical complaint made by both children and adults. The two most common conditions that cause earache are otitis externa (inflammation of the external ear) and otitis media (inflammation of the middle ear). Because the TMJ is near the ear canal, pressure from the TMJ’s condyle (the round boney part of the TMJ) and the presence of TMJ and associated muscle inflammation causes pain that is usually perceived in the ear. Hence, ear pain, earaches, and ear pressure have been reported as symptoms associated with TMJ disorders when the ear examination was unremarkable and does not reveal ear dysfunction. Also, a ringing sound in the ear, known as tinnitus, is a part of TMJ-related ear problems. If you suffer ear pain, earaches, ear pressure, or ringing in the ears, you must consult an ear, nose, and throat physician (ENT) to rule out any ear issues. You may then consult our dentist at Dental TMJ Sleep Apnea in Boca Raton to find any relation of your ear symptoms to the TMJ disorder and possibly manage it. To make an appointment, please call (561) 560 4462