Ear Symptoms and TMJ

I can say that the ears are astonishing organ. It is one of the five primary sense organs. This organ helps you to connect with the surrounding and the world. It is like a bridge between you and the world. As animal’s ears are different in size. With the different range of size, the ears would be elephant’s size or the mice’s size. But the function is same. Most of the people don’t take care of their ears unless something goes wrong with them. When this happens to your ears the result may be very painful and irritating. it may cause pain, irritation, pressure and ringing sounds in your ear. These symptoms can cause minor to severe problems to your ear and you must rush to ENT specialist while these symptoms.

These symptoms of ear could also have association with TMJ pathology. It is an interesting fact that these symptoms have a connection with TMJ also. The relationship between the jaw and ear closely connected. It may surprise some people but some already know about this fact. For example, if you are facing any problem with the bite or under jaw muscle it will directly affect your ear.

There is a deep connection between dental cause and ear problem. If you are having toothache then you can feel a deep pain in only one ear and sometimes this is an unbearable pain. This pain can also travel from your jaw area to your throat and even back of the head. At this time your jaw movement can be very painful. There is different type of pain related to ear which could be the symptoms of TMJ. This shows a bona fide relation between jaw and ear problem.

Some common symptoms that would indicate the TMJ problem are here:

  • Pain in any ear.
  • Pressure in ear.
  • Feeling of fullness.
  • Ringing sounds in ears.
  • Shifting of Jaw right and left while opening wide.
  • Soreness of muscles.
  • Feeling of tenderness in jaw joints.
  • Some noises in jaw joints.

Connection between ear and jaw bone.

There is an enchanting connection between ear and jaw bone. Especially because of the anatomical   structure they both have. These two have developing embryo. As with the time the embryo continues to grow, they ultimately separate out from each other and form individual entities. Here anatomy plays a vital role to understand the better idea of the connection between ear and jaw. The fact is that ear contains the smallest bones in the whole body, which are all uniquely in shape. The shape is like hammer (malleus), anvil (incus), and stirrup (stapes). The motion of the hammer is controlled by the muscle tensor tympani. This muscle is to help the controlling of vibrations of the eardrum and protects the inner ear from outer loud sounds. One other important muscle of the ear is the tensor palatini, which is used to controls the eustachian tube opening and closing. It is because the ears and jaw are so closely associated in embryonic development. the same nerve controls the tensor tympani and tensor palatini also controls the muscles that allow us chewing the meal. Since the muscles of the jaw and ear share the same nerve supply so, the problem is one can affect the other. Even the location of the ear and jaw is common due to this nerve.  The jaw is attached to the skull by two joints right in front of the ear. There is a thin part of skull that separates the jaw joints from ear canals. This clearly indicates now that any TMJ(ear) problem could reflect jaw problem.

Effect of Bad Bite to the Ears
An unusual bite (occlusion) could potentially contribute to muscle and joint pain of the TMJ(ear). The teeth often caught into swallowing for about 2,500 times each day and night. Note it down when there is an abnormal bite. With the longer run, if this problem remains untreated, the muscle could possibly cause spasm and jaw joints to be pulled out of alignment. If you face any of these symptoms, it is highly recommended to see a trained dentist who is qualified to diagnose and treat TMJ disorders.

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