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Stop that ringing …

or is that ear pain all in my head?

You have had ringing in your ears for awhile now and every doctor says the same thing. “We don’t know what to do for you.”  You explain your symptoms, your doctor takes a look around and can never find anything t explain your agony. Still, you know that ringing sound is real and you also know sporadically you’re hit with waves of dizziness so strong you are forced to sit down.

Constant earaches, congestion, dizziness, vertigo, whistling or ringing in the ears. . . . these can all be traced back to TMJ.

Technically (and medically) here’s the deal

Ear Pain | All Smile DentalWhen your jaw has been working overtime, your ear canal becomes hypersensitive and results in a number of symptoms.

Your ear has two important muscles: the tensor tympani (it attaches to the ear drum, stabilizing it from the excess vibration caused by loud sounds) and the tensor levi palatini (it attaches to the Eustachian tube helping to equalizing pressure within the inner ear…it is what “unplugs” your ears when you chew gum or suck a hard candy in an airplane).

Because of an unbalanced jaw and the subsequent over-compensation of your muscles, it leads to symptoms related to your ears. These symptoms result from a strained bite when the jaw is not aligned. When you have a “bad” bite your muscles and nerves in your head, including the ears, can be affected. The most common and obvious effect is persistent ringing or whistling in the ears. It can also lead to:

  • dizziness
  • vertigo
  • ear pain or discomfort (earaches)
  • congested or stuffy feeling in your ears
  • sinus pain

Stabilizing your jaw will repair your bite and will relieve the problems in your ears caused by the misaligned bite. Give All Smiles Dental a call today and see if you can banish the ringing in your ears forever.

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Dr. Tim Stirneman

Dr. Tim | All Smiles DentalWhere you see a problem, we see an opportunity. An opportunity to make your life better, whether through a cleaning or a complete mouth restoration. Whatever your reason for seeing a dentist, we hope in the end you see us as more than a dentist. We want to build a relationship that lasts a lifetime.