Can jaw clenching cause ear problems?

Since the TM joint resides adjacent to the ears, it’s common to experience many TMJ symptoms in the ears. Patients can experience ear pain or clogged ears that they might pass off as an ear infection or allergies but is actually from TMD. TMD can also cause tinnitus (ringing in the ears from nerve irritation).

Does TMJ ear pain go away?

The good news is that after the temporo-mandibular joint disorder is treated, the tinnitus and ear pain will resolve.

What helps clogged ears from TMJ?

Yawning or swallowing can help to open your eustachian tubes and equalize pressure.

  1. You may also consider using an over-the-counter (OTC) decongestant nasal spray.
  2. Earwax can be removed by using solutions such as mineral oil or hydrogen peroxide to dissolve earwax that’s accumulated in the ear canal.

Why do my teeth and ears hurt?

Bruxism – or teeth grinding and clenching – is one of the most common causes of referred tooth and ear pain. The constant clenching and tightness of muscles around your TMJ (jaw joint) can strain the areas around it.

How does clenching your teeth cause sinus pain?

Increased tooth sensitivity because the protective enamel layer of the teeth becomes gradually worn out and the nerves inside the teeth become exposed. Pain in the area surrounding your ears when yawning or chewing food. It can also result in the development of sinus pain. Swelling occasionally on the lower side of the jaw caused by the clenching.

What are the side effects of clenching your teeth?

Clenching your teeth frequently may lead to some complications if left untreated, including: 1 Tooth wear and fracture. 2 Teeth sensitivity. 3 Severe tooth pain that can trigger eating disorders. 4 Gum recession. 5 Ear pain and headaches. 6 Jaw pain. 7 TMJ disorders.

Does teeth grinding hurt your ears?

There is no reason to suffer or endure the ear pain associated with teeth grinding as there are multiple ways to manage and treat it. For severe cases, your dentist can also recommend restorative solutions to fix bruxism. If you experience ear pain, do not assume it’s an ear infection, as it may just be a TMJ disorder.