Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA
If you ever have lived with an earache, you know this can be a unique and highly unpleasant experience. However, you may not know that certain causes of ear pain and earaches have nothing to do with your ears themselves. In fact, about 10 percent of all patients who seek the care of an ear, nose, or throat (ENT) specialist actually have nothing wrong with their ears. In reality, ear pain, tinnitus, and stuffy or congested ears all can be caused by temporomandibular joint disorder. Also referred to as TMJ disorder or TMD, this ailment occurs when the temporomandibular joint—which connects the jaws to the skull—falls out of alignment, affecting the jaws, surrounding musculature, and eventually spreading throughout the entire head, face, and neck.
How do I know if TMD is causing my ear pain?
Maybe you have been living with ear pain or some other type of ear-related discomfort such as tinnitus for a prolonged period of time. Perhaps you have sought out an ENT specialist, who has examined your ears only to find no obvious issues. If either of these sentences applies to you, then TMJ disorder could be the source of your ear problems.
The best way to determine if you are suffering from issues related to a case of TMJ disorder is to schedule an appointment with a medical professional like a neuromuscular dentist in Scotts Valley. A specialization of dental science, neuromuscular dentistry focuses on finding or restoring the ideal alignment of the bite and jaw. Neuromuscular dentists go through extensive post-graduate education after dental school to learn the discipline. This training makes a neuromuscular dentist the best-qualified medical professional to identify and treat a case of TMJ disorder.
Find all-natural relief for your ear pain
If TMD is causing your ear pain in Los Gatos, then a neuromuscular dentist can treat the problem without the need for medication. Actually, the preferred method for TMJ disorder is oral appliance therapy. This entails providing the patient with a custom-made oral appliance, designed from impressions that are taken of the teeth and mouth. Once fabricated, this oral appliance uses gentle pressure to guide the jaw and bite into their preferred alignment. This alleviates the source of dysfunction in the temporomandibular joint and also resolves any subsequent problems created by TMJ disorder—such as ear pain and other ear-related issues.
Finding relief for your case of TMD through oral appliance therapy may take several months, but if the oral appliance is used correctly, patients may experience a diminishment in their TMJ-related symptoms in as little as one month.
Your Scotts Valley neuromuscular dentist treats TMD
At Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry, our neuromuscular dentists Dr. Max Ebrahimian and Dr. Ariana Ebrahimian both have completed training at the Las Vegas Institute, the finest institution in America for post-graduate dental education. Our neuromuscular dentists have the training and experience needed to identify any case of TMD—no matter how challenging the diagnosis may be. If our dentists do detect that TMJ disorder exists, we then can proceed with the necessary treatment.
To find out more about how Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry treats TMJ disorder or to schedule a consultation, give our office a call at (831) 438-4411 to schedule an appointment.
Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry serves patients located in the California communities of Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley.