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Has anyone had ear fullness for years despite mouth guards for tmj?

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Dr. Meng Syn
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Never seen that

A symptom of tmd can sometimes involve the ear usually manifesting itself with soreness at the anterior wall of the outer ear. Ear symptoms range from soreness, ringing, or deafness.
Best to see and ear doctor first before seeing a dentist (ent).

In brief: Never seen that

A symptom of tmd can sometimes involve the ear usually manifesting itself with soreness at the anterior wall of the outer ear. Ear symptoms range from soreness, ringing, or deafness.
Best to see and ear doctor first before seeing a dentist (ent).
Dr. Meng Syn
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe

Might be your ears. See an ENT doc.

In brief: Maybe

Might be your ears. See an ENT doc.
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. James Bates
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

The temporomandibular joint, or tmj, is immediately adjacent to and intimately associated with the ear. So, yes, ear fullness may be due to temporomandibular disorders (tmd).
However, there are also other things that can cause ear symptoms. Only a doctor can tell the difference between a true ear problem and a TMJ problem. A mouthguard may not be the answer, and may cause more harm than good.

In brief: Yes

The temporomandibular joint, or tmj, is immediately adjacent to and intimately associated with the ear. So, yes, ear fullness may be due to temporomandibular disorders (tmd).
However, there are also other things that can cause ear symptoms. Only a doctor can tell the difference between a true ear problem and a TMJ problem. A mouthguard may not be the answer, and may cause more harm than good.
Dr. James Bates
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In brief: Possible but

Have your ears have been checked and tested? That is important.
Also, tmj/tmd can be maintained and not really cured, but you may need more therapy than just a mouth guard. The mouth guard may also be a terrible mouthpiece for your tmj/tmd. I would see a specialist...You need a different type of mouthpiece, therapy and home exercises.

In brief: Possible but

Have your ears have been checked and tested? That is important.
Also, tmj/tmd can be maintained and not really cured, but you may need more therapy than just a mouth guard. The mouth guard may also be a terrible mouthpiece for your tmj/tmd. I would see a specialist...You need a different type of mouthpiece, therapy and home exercises.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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