The temporomandibular joints are commonly referred to as TMJ. In simple terms, when someone says "TMJ", they are talking about the muscles and the joints that allow you to open and close your mouth. When you are not having TMJ issues you probably do not even think about it.
When there is an issue, you might be in a lot of pain. One of the things that can happen is ringing in your ears. It is more common than you might think.
The technical term for ringing in the ears is tinnitus. It is caused by many different things. If you have ever been to a loud concert you might have experienced your ears ringing into the next day. Often it will go away, but that is not always the case.
Because your jaw and your ears are very close, a TMJ issue can be a cause of tinnitus. An ear infection can make the problem worse. Often people do not consider seeing a dentist if they are experiencing tinnitus, because they think that it is an ear problem, not a dental one.
There are many different dental issues that can lead to tinnitus. One of the most common is if someone grinds his or her teeth. Since teeth grinding often takes place in your sleep, you might not even know that you do it. Another oral cause of tinnitus could be that your jaw was injured. If the injury was minor, you might not even realize that it is still causing problems.
If your ears are ringing and it will not stop, there are two appointments that you will want to make. Talk to an ear, nose, and throat specialist. Also, make an appointment to see us. We will rule out any oral causes, and if that is what the problem is, we will look for a way for you to find relief.