TMJ Ear Pain

Ear Pain

TMJ ear pain

Ear Pain

TMJ ear pain

Hear out Dr. Benjamin Polan on ear pain in Beverly, MA

TMJ ear pain

TMJ disorders can cause pain in the ears as well as pain in the jaw, neck and shoulders. It’s comforting for most patients to learn that TMJ ear pain is very treatable. A conversation with an expert TMJ dentist can help to establish the exact cause of this pain as TMJ causes vary from patient to patient, and choose the best course of action to relieve the discomfort and achieve eventuac l recovery.

How the ear is connected to the jaw

Ears are dynamic organs, they’re controlled by muscles just like the rest of the face. One way to demonstrate this is to place your finger firmly inside of your ear and then widely open and close your jaw. Do you feel the movement? When one is on an airplane and an uncomfortable level of pressure builds up inside the ears’ eustachian tubes, passengers often reach for a stick of gum. This is because the act of moving the jaw muscles can help relieve the ear pressure build-up.

How TMJ disorders lead to ear pain

Because the temporomandibular joint is very closely connected to the muscles that control the ears, a misalignment or malfunction puts pressure on the muscles that both surround and control the ears and in turn can place excess pressure on the ear’s nerves. Also, the pain of TMJ disorder is sometimes transferred directly to the ears as opposed to its origin point in the jaw.

Finding the unique cause of your pain will help to determine which course of treatment will be used, so a TMJ dentist such as Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA will conduct a very thorough patient history and physical examination to discover the underlying problems.

Symptoms of TMJ ear pain

Here are some listed symptoms potentially caused by TMJ:

  • Sharp shooting pain in ear
  • Dull aching pain in ear
  • Feeling of fullness in the eustachian tubes, similar to the discomfort of ears popping
  • Pain in ears when chewing
  • Pain in ears when speaking
  • Ringing or other unusual noises in ears

How your TMJ dentist can help

Once the cause of your specific TMJ ear pain is discovered, your dentist can offer many different options for treatment which can sometimes require nothing more than hot and cold compresses, muscle relaxants or pain relievers. A specially designed night-guard designed to prevent tooth-grinding may also provide substantial relief. In extreme cases surgery may help as well, but should be considered last after all other treatment options have failed.

Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA specializes in neuromuscular dentistry and the treatment of TMJ ear pain. His experienced and friendly staff will explain the possible causes of your pain and work with you to decide the best course of action for your unique situation and guide you on your journey to recovery.

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan

Facial Pain

Facial Pain

TMJ can cause facial pain

Facial Pain

TMJ can cause facial pain

Dr. Benjamin Polan faces off with TMJ facial pain in Beverly, MA

TMJ can cause facial pain

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint formed when your lower jaw bone fits into a shallow basin at the base of your temporal bone, allowing you to open and close your mouth. Many of us are aware that a misaligned TMJ can give us headaches, but it’s connection to the rest of the body can cause numerous other symptoms, especially pain around the facial area.

How is this facial pain caused?

Cranial nerve number seven (CN VII) is your Facial Nerve protruding from a tiny opening in the base of your skull located very near to the TMJ. It then sends branches to the muscles of your face that allow you to make different facial expressions, such as frowning, smiling and laughing. It also sends signals to the glands that form tears, your salivary glands, and the roof of your mouth and tongue.

Since CN VII also carries inward bound sensory information back to the brain, it carries pain signals, information about taste, and information about the position of your tongue and jaw back to the brain.

Dr. Benjamin Polan from Beverly, MA tells us the classic example of pain associated with the CN VII is Bell’s Palsy, in which infection by the Herpes Simplex virus causes inflammation of the facial nerve, which may lead to drooping eyelids, sagging jaw, loss of the sensation of taste and constant formation of tears on the affected side of the face. This may be accompanied by terrible pain if something even lightly touches the area.

Since the CN VII leaves the skull so near to the TMJ, problems with misalignment of the TMJ can lead to symptoms such as a terrible toothache or earache, or just general facial pain on one or both sides of the face. A TMJ dentist can help to diagnose your TMJ facial pain and take steps to correct the problem.

Treat the cause, not the symptoms

Dr. Benjamin Polan specializes in dental procedures for a variety of conditions in his office in Beverly, MA. His staff provide a warm, caring atmosphere in which you can feel comfortable and safe while being treated, and he has successfully treated many patients who experience facial pain due to underlying TMJ problems.

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan

Injury & Trauma

Injury & Trauma

Injuries & trauma to the jaw can cause TMJ

Injury & Trauma

Injuries & trauma to the jaw can cause TMJ

Injuries & trauma to the jaw can cause TMJ, says Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA

Injuries & trauma to the jaw can cause TMJ

When any part of your body is injured, the effects can spread to other areas and cause pain and discomfort for years to come. For example, a back injury can cause knee pain because the nerves that provide feeling for the knee come from the lower back. A misaligned TMJ due to injury or trauma works in the same way, potentially causing pain and discomfort in various connected parts of the body. When this happens, the muscles in your mouth begin to deteriorate and stop working. These conditions cause the temporomandibular joint to begin to deteriorate.

TMJ causes and problems

If you are beginning to have difficulties with the functioning of your mouth or jaw it could be because you have injured another part of your body which caused trauma to your neck and face. Even something as common as a lost or chipped tooth can be traumatic enough to develop TMJ.

When you lose a part of your tooth, or the whole tooth, it changes the way pressure is distributed throughout your mouth and jaw, and this will affect your ability to use your mouth as well as it’s outward appearance. The loss of a tooth will mean that you will begin to lose bone mass in that particular spot of your jaw. The empty spaces in your teeth and jaw bone means less support for your face, which in turn causes premature wrinkles and you could begin to see lines around your mouth and deep hollows on the sides of your nose.

If you suffer an injury to the jaw, be sure to seek out assistance from a TMJ dentist such as Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA. An injury to the jaw can misalign your upper and lower jawbones, causing a condition referred to as bad bite. This can lead to some unpleasant conditions such as grinding your teeth, clenching your jaw repeatedly and facial pain that can cause further damage and a lot of discomfort in your mouth.

Don’t suffer in silence!

The importance of treating TMJ is not only cosmetic, it can potentially have severe consequences to your health and quality of life. Simple tasks such as speaking and eating can become not only difficult, but excruciatingly painful.

If you have been through a traumatic event and are starting to feel discomfort in your neck, face or jaw, Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA can help you to get an accurate diagnosis of your condition. This way, you can finally understand the treatment you may need from an experienced TMJ dentist and feel confident that you are on the road to recovery.

 

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan