Since the temporomandibular joint is so closely connected to the muscles that control the ears, a misaligned jaw puts pressure on the muscles that surround and control the ears. Also, TMJ pain is sometimes transferred directly to the ears as opposed to its origin point in the jaw. The phenomenon of pain going somewhere other than the point of origin is known as “referred pain.” TMJ dentists in Wilmington find the phenomenon of referred pain very common with TMJ.
With TMJ/TMD, you may have pain in only one ear, or you may have pain in both ears. Regardless of where your pain is, you know that TMJ symptoms can negatively impact your quality of life. Due to the complexity of TMJ disorder, the condition is often misdiagnosed. A highly trained Wilmington, Delaware neuromuscular dentist will have treated many patients with the painful ear symptoms of TMJ and can help you, too.