Many people have trouble understanding how dizziness and vertigo can be TMJ symptoms. If you think about the location of the temporo-mandibular joints and their proximity to the ear you can see how it makes sense. The inner ear governs balance and when all the muscles around it are affected it will be affected in turn. The tensor levi palatini in the ear attaches to the Eustachian tube. It helps to open and close the tube, thereby equalizing pressure within the inner ear. If this muscle is spasming it is affecting your balance.
Unfortunately, the problem can get worse. The inner ear tells the brain where the head is positioned. The sternocleidomastoid muscles in the neck tell the head where it is in relation to the body. This muscle attaches just behind the ears and can be just as severely affected as the jaw muscles. When it begins spasming and experiencing pain the dizziness can grow far worse and even be classified as vertigo! This can be extremely unsettling as there seems to be no apparent cause!
Luckily it is possible to treat TMJ Disorder - not just the symptoms. There are a variety of different techniques that have shown promise but when combined together in a custom tailored treatment plan it is possible to get relief from the symptoms and treat the disorder. If you are suffering from these TMJ symptoms do not suffer in silence and do not wait to seek treatment. Even if you have been unsuccessfully treated for TMJ in the past do not let it discourage you, it is possible to get relief from your unpleasant symptoms. TMJ treatment is not an instantaneous cure and can take devotion on the parts of patient and dentist alike.
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