Some symptoms seem so unrelated to the jaw that it wouldn’t even occur to the average person to connect them. For example, numbness and tingling in the fingers can be a symptom of TMJ. This may sound strange, but the reason is pretty simple: The nerves that connect the spine to the fingers run right through the neck muscles that TMJ can create tension in.
Similarly, your ears may not seem related to the jaw, but they actually sit right on top of jaw joint, and muscles connect the two systems. Issues with the jaw can put pressure onto the delicate, complex system of your ears. This can result in ear pain or stuffiness, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and even dizziness, since the inner ear is so important to balance.
Manhattan dentist Dr. Karthilde Appolon is trained in neuromuscular dentistry, an approach to treating TMJ that can give great results with noninvasive, reversible treatments. Please call 212-557-8668 today for a TMJ evaluation at Appolon Dental Group in Columbus Circle.