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One of the most common complaints associated with temporomandibular joint disorder is tinnitus or ringing in the ears. Some people do experience the sensation of ringing, roaring, hissing, buzzing or tinkling sounds lasting a few minutes. However, when these sounds continue unabated, they are referred to as tinnitus.
Tinnitus that does not interfere with your lifestyle usually does not merit medical intervention. Chronic ringing in the ears, caused by TMD/TMJ, may be eliminated by the intervention of a neuromuscular dentist. TMD/TMJ can be caused by injury or trauma to the face and head or habitual actions such as grinding and clenching the teeth, and vigorous gum chewing.
It is very common for someone suffering from tinnitus related to temporomandibular joint disorder to also complain of dizziness, head, neck and back pain, ear pain and hearing loss, sinus pain and headache.
Frequent headaches along with fatigue and tension in jaw muscles are much higher in people with chronic tinnitus. Signs and symptoms associated with tinnitus include worn down teeth, muscle tenderness of the jaw area, ear and neck pain and a stuffy sensation in your ears.
Please contact Dr. Jennifer Silver at Southcentre Dental Clinic in Calgary, Alberta today if you are suffering from tinnitus or other symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder.
Dr. Jennifer Silver is a highly accomplished dental surgeon with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her educational accomplishments include deans honours list, an oral surgery award and best research project. Prior to this degree, she graduated with honors from Dalhousie University’s Dental Hygiene Program and worked in this field for 10 years.
The areas of dentistry that holds special interest for Dr. Silver include oral medicine and whole-body dentistry. She currently devotes time and resources toward helping patients with TMJ pain and sleep apnea, while continuing to provide general dentistry as well. Future interests include devoting time to additional oral surgery training. Jen strives to treat her patients as if they were family. She strongly believes in a multi-disciplinary approach for patient care. She is part of a large network of specialists that she trusts and collaborates with when helping patients.