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A 29-year-old male asked:

Could tmj cause sinus and balance problems?

5 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
Dentistry 23 years experience
TMJ balance: Tmj could definitely cause balance problems (inner ear inflammation), I have two patients now that have that problem and one fells better after adjusted bite and night guard and the other is being fitted for a night guard. As to the sinus, i suppose it it can because of pressure your applying to your teeth, but its not really a cause to a sinus infection, just tooth relation. See a dentist.
Dr. LaMont Gee
Dentistry 52 years experience
TMJ: It is highly unlikely that problems with the tempromandibular joint would cause sinus problems. It is also unlikely that this joint would be the cause of balance problems, although if you are having sufficient pain from a joint problem then your balance may affected because of pain. If you are not having pain then you should look to other reasons for balance issues. Sinus is totally separate.
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 22 years experience
Maybe: Since the TMJ is close to both the maxillary sinus and the ear, any inflammation in the TMJ complex could contribute to pain in both the ear and the sinuses. However, it is not a very common complication. Most people who suffer from tmd experience jaw pain/jaw muscle tenderness, pain in front of the ear, stuffy feeling in ears, pain on opening or closing the jaw, etc. I would get checked out!
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Balance not sinus: TMJ patients often complain of imbalance. You may have facial pain but no sinus infection.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Direct symptoms: A stuffy feeling and pain in the sinus area can be a symptom of TMJ disorder. If you are occasionally dizzy or disoriented, it may be a symptom of TMJ dysfunction. See an Orofacial Pain specialist for consultation. They are the expert in TMJ.
Last updated Jun 23, 2020

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