TMJ Neck Pain

TMJ Neck Pain

TMJ and related neck and shoulder pain

TMJ Neck Pain

TMJ and related neck and shoulder pain

Is neck pain related to TMJ? Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA has the answer

TMJ and related neck and shoulder pain

Temporomandibular joint disorder, called TMJ, negatively affects one of the most important joints in the body. The jaw can have some surprising and severe effects on the surrounding areas of the face, neck and can worsen drastically overtime if left untreated.

Causes of TMJ

There are numerous causes of TMJ, but most commonly they are related to whiplash neck injuries, jaw injuries, or severe grinding of teeth – possibly due to stress or simple genetics. Other potential causes of TMJ include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis which can affect the health of the temporomandibular joint as well as other joints in the body. Whatever the case, TMJ isn’t something you want worsening, so make sure to see a TMJ dentist such as Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA.

How surrounding muscles are affected

When the temporomandibular joint is misaligned, injured or compromised in any other way, you may require extra effort to chew, talk or even yawn. Since the jaw muscles are capable of only so much effort, other muscles of the face, neck and even shoulders must be recruited to make up for the difference in strength required. Of course, even though these muscles are connected to the jawbone, they aren’t really designed for this task. Over time, it can become very painful and exhausting for these muscles to compensate in this way, just as a hip may become painful when a person is limping to compensate for a bad knee.

How TMJ neck pain is diagnosed

Usually the pain of TMJ leads a patient to a doctor to rule out other disorders that have the same symptoms. If other causes have been ruled out, such as sinus problems or gum disease, a dentist will conduct a thorough examination of the patient’s jaw.

If several of the symptoms have been occurring for a significant amount of time along with limited movement or clicking of the jaw, and the symptoms are severe enough to be a problem for the patient, effective treatment options will be recommended. TMJ neck pain can be a very distressing part of daily life and should never be taken lightly. For those who are searching for an experienced TMJ dentist in Beverly, MA, Dr. Benjamin Polan has a warm, friendly and caring staff that can help with all of its associated symptoms.

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TMJ Ear Pain

Ear Pain

TMJ ear pain

Ear Pain

TMJ ear pain

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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.

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