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What kind of TMJ can cause trouble for the ears when the masseter is not large?

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Dr. Robert Stoner
37 years experience in Orthodontics
TMJ and the ear: Ear pain (otalgia) occurs in tmd patients when the auriculotemporal nerve is excited. This nerve supplies sensation to the tmj, but also innervates the ear canal and the outer part of the ear drum. When there is inflammation in the joint, pressure on the auriculotemporal nerve is often interpreted by the brain as ear pain. There is no connection between this ear pain and the masseter's size.
Answered on Feb 19, 2015
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