Managing TMJ-Related Ear Pain
The key to reducing or eliminating TMJ-related ear pain is to get rid of the muscle knots in the masseter muscle. Sometimes you can achieve this at home by switching to a soft diet, applying moist heat to the masseter muscle, and generally avoiding muscle strain.
However, you should seek professional care for your TMJ if you experience:
- Disruptive or disabling symptoms (such as a locked jaw)
- Pain that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter medications
- Pain that persists for more than seven days
- Pain that resolves but returns
At the Michigan Head and Neck Institute, our Detroit TMJ dentists will accurately diagnose your TMJ and help you identify the treatment most likely to relieve your symptoms. TMJ treatment might include an orthotic (mouthguard) to hold your jaw in a restful position and protect your teeth from damage. It might include therapy, such as physical therapy or behavioral therapy. It might also include trigger point injections.
Trigger point injections utilize the injection of a small amount of anesthetic at the trigger point. This relieves pain at its source, which can end pain at all the places where referred pain occurs, such as the ear, the forehead, and the teeth.
Trigger point injection can be a tricky technique to master. However, Detroit TMJ dentist Dr. Klein learned from the master and has been practicing it at the Michigan Head and Neck Institute for nearly 40 years. He knows how to effectively deploy the technique to relieve pain, wherever you might feel it.