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I have had TMJ related problems for 2 yrs: worst is muscle tightness around jaw which affects my ears. Could this last a lifetime. Do i need a splint?

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Dr. Theresa Frank
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Sleep & pain dentist

How your teeth & jaws come together can cause problems: adjustment of your teeth or orthodontics may be needed.
Posture, esp. At work, can affect shoulder & neck problems affecting the jaw muscles & the ears (pain, stuffiness, hearing issues, balance). Sleep airway problems are associated with teeth grinding at night. This can also cause pain in the jaws. Medications & low ferritin: grinding.

In brief: Sleep & pain dentist

How your teeth & jaws come together can cause problems: adjustment of your teeth or orthodontics may be needed.
Posture, esp. At work, can affect shoulder & neck problems affecting the jaw muscles & the ears (pain, stuffiness, hearing issues, balance). Sleep airway problems are associated with teeth grinding at night. This can also cause pain in the jaws. Medications & low ferritin: grinding.
Dr. Theresa Frank
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Dr. Brent Mcfarland
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: SPLINT COULD HELP

This problem if TMJ related is treatable .
A splint could be helpful.

In brief: SPLINT COULD HELP

This problem if TMJ related is treatable .
A splint could be helpful.
Dr. Brent Mcfarland
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Dr. Bettina Herbert
In addition to traditional medical care, you may want an evaluation by a cranial osteopathic physician (DO). Find one near you via The Osteopathic Cranial Academy (http://www.cranialacademy.com) or Biodynamic Osteopathy (http://jamesjealous.com/physician-directory/u-s-physician-directory/)
Dr. Joseph Kim
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes unless addressed

Whenever your jaw moves (in any direction) 3 of 4 muscles are engaged while one is inactive.
Muscle pain and popping sounds indicate 1or 2 of those muscles 'firing' more strenuously than the 3rd. Chewing habits create a muscle memory, similar to a bodybuilder who can't straighten out his arms. Physical therapy is a good first step followed by a trip to the oral surgeon for eval. Splints will help.

In brief: Yes unless addressed

Whenever your jaw moves (in any direction) 3 of 4 muscles are engaged while one is inactive.
Muscle pain and popping sounds indicate 1or 2 of those muscles 'firing' more strenuously than the 3rd. Chewing habits create a muscle memory, similar to a bodybuilder who can't straighten out his arms. Physical therapy is a good first step followed by a trip to the oral surgeon for eval. Splints will help.
Dr. Joseph Kim
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Yes, Yes

Chronic problem. Recommend evaluation by a TMJ specialist.
Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.

In brief: Yes, Yes

Chronic problem. Recommend evaluation by a TMJ specialist.
Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.
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Dr. Louis Gallia
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