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Can tmj cause pulsatile tinnitus and ear blockage?

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Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
Pain Management 11 years experience
Yes: Jaw muscle dysfunction is the most common cause of jaw and ear pain, ear ringing and stuffiness. Other causes include inflammation of the jaw joint/s, headache disorders, salivary gland disease, and ear infections. Some medical illnesses can also exhibit these symptoms. Try warm compresses over the jaws, antylenol or advil (ibuprofen). Consult an orofacial pain dentist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Yes: If the tmj/tmd issues last for awhile, some symptoms can affect the ear (s) in many ways. You may develop ringing in the ears; earaches, popping-grating-clicking that is heard constantly in the ears; roaring muffled sounds; hearing loss; on and on. It is better to see an ENT first if you have ear symptoms to rule out it being the ears as the source of the problem.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Possible: Possible. Can also be primary ear problem. Have ENT doc evaluate.

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