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Is the Area Around Your Ear Paining? It Can be a Sign of TMJ Disorder
May 11, 2018  |  TMJ Dentist

Is the Area Around Your Ear Paining? It Can be a Sign of TMJ Disorder

The temporomandibular joint is a sliding hinge that connects your jaw and lets it move. One joint is located on each side of the jaw and it can cause immense pain in your muscles if damaged or injured. The discomfort can also arise due to genetics or arthritis. Mostly, the pain can be cured with nonsurgical treatments, but if the conservative measures fail, you might have to go through a surgery.

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We have already mentioned some of the causes of a TMJ disorder above, however, it can also take place due to some other reasons which are listed right below.

Grinding:

Bruxism or grinding your teeth while sleeping can lead to quite a lot of dental problems and it could also play a major role in triggering TMJ disorder. When you clench or grind your teeth, it puts a lot of pressure on your joint, thus get it treated as soon as possible.

Stress:

A lot of stress gives rise to several problems, but did you know that it can also cause TMJ disorder? The jaw muscles get overused and the facial muscles get tightened when you take stress.

When You Open the Jaw Wide:

This is one of the most common causes. The ligaments could tear if you open your jaw for an extended time period. It can also lead to swelling and displacement of the disc which is placed between your lower jaw and skull. Therefore, try to keep your jaw stable and get proper sleep to avoid yawning.

A Bad Bite:

This happens when you go through a lot of dental work. A bad bite can also occur if the TMJ disc gets dislocated.

Now Let’s Look Into the Signs of TMJ Disorder

  • A popping or a clicking sound in your jaw.

  • Immense pain around your ears.

  • A ringing sound in ears.

  • If your vision gets blurred.

  • Headache.

  • Facial pain.

  • If the jaw is tender.

  • When you face difficulties while chewing your food.

  • A sense of dizziness.

  • Toothache.

  • When your jaw gets locked.


Your jaw muscles can become stiff due to quite a lot of reasons. Do not ignore if anything similar takes place. Call us today @(817) 934-7488 to know more about TMJ disorder.
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