TMJ dizziness is one of those side effects that most people wouldn't associate with Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction. TMJD can cause a wide variety of symptoms but is most often associated with jaw pain. It is important to remember that the position of the TM joints makes any disorder in this area a serious problem because it affects so many important functions. If you are experiencing dizziness along with other TMJD symptoms you should see a TMJ dentist immediately.
TMJ dizziness or TMJ vertigo can be caused by two things. Firstly the joints are located just in front of the inner ear which helps with your body's balance. When a patient's TM joints are inflamed and sore, the inner ear is affected and causes dizziness. The jaw muscles that are in pain and spasming can also cause the muscles in the inner ear to tighten and create problems. The second possible cause is the tightening and inflammation of the sternocleidomastoid muscle in the neck that also helps with balance.
Other symptoms of TMJD are often ignored and no treatment is sought out but TMJ dizziness should not be ignored. For example, a patient experiences jaw pain and neck pain but instead of seeing a doctor uses pain relievers to mask the discomfort. The muscles still spasm and affect the inner ear causing dizziness. Ignoring health problems does not make them go away and often lets the problems grow worse.
Dr. Mark Allan Padolsky is an Atlanta TMJ Dentist who enjoys helping his patients find their cause of TMJ problems. Of course, you are welcome to join his family of patients to learn more about your TMJ dizziness. He offers both initial (Phase 1) TMJ treatment and can also restore the bite if a patient desires it (Phase 2). If you have a TMJ problem and would like schedule a TMJ consultation with Dr. Padolsky, please call 404-874-7428 to schedule your appointment.