Why is Vertigo a Symptom of TMJ Dysfunction?

One of the benefits of visiting with a holistic, naturopathic, cosmetic dentist like Dr. Lawrence Singer at DC Smiles about the health of your Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) and its related disorders, is that Dr. Singer has an excellent grasp of the far-reaching chronic pain and discomfort issues associated with bite and jaw alignment problems.

Vertigo can be one of these problems.

The TMJ/TMD symptoms that are common and less challenging to diagnose include:

  • Clicking or popping of the jaw joints
  • Clenching or grinding of teeth during sleep (Bruxism)
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Ear congestion or earaches
  • Painful chewing
  • Soreness on the inside of your cheeks

But vertigo, or an uncontrollable dizzying sensation, is one TMJ symptom with which some people, even medical and dental professionals, may be less familiar.

How can TMJ disorders cause vertigo?

The neuromuscular system associated with the Temporomandibular Joint includes muscles in addition to blood vessels, nerves and bone. When this system is not functioning properly, in addition to causing pain, blood flow through the face may be inhibited. Anytime blood fails to flow properly, becoming dizzy may follow.

Some researchers also have determined that ongoing TMJ discomfort can cause anxiety, a symptom of which also is dizziness or vertigo.

When you need a cosmetic dentist who treats TMJ/TMD problems, please contact DC smiles online or by telephone to schedule a consultation with Dr. Singer: (703) 299-4614 in Alexandria, Va. or (202) 455-4920 in Washington, D.C.

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