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Do you hear a ringing in your ears even when there’s no noise around you? How about a buzzing, clicking, hissing, or roaring? If you hear any of these, you might be suffering from tinnitus. While tinnitus doesn’t normally lead to more health problems, more mundane complications could arise. For example, you may suffer from irritability, have difficulty concentrating, or struggle to sleep.

However, tinnitus is not actually a condition: it’s a symptom of other problems. This means that treating the individual problems caused by tinnitus may make you feel better temporarily, but will probably not address the root of the problem.

Fortunately, there may be something your dentist can do to help you alleviate this problem, because tinnitus may be caused by temporomandibular disorder (TMD). No one is quite sure what causes TMD, but most dentists believe the problem is caused by clenching or grinding your teeth, or by trauma to your jaw.

If this is your problem, your dentist can offer a few solutions, such as medications that may reduce pain and swelling and relax your jaw—which can help with grinding and clenching—or antidepressants to relieve stress. They may also recommend a splint or night guard which will be custom made for your smile. These appliances are designed to stop you from grinding and clenching. Finally, your dentist may replace or restore certain teeth to balance a bite problem, which can treat TMJ and subsequently stop your tinnitus.

Please feel free to contact us soon if you would like to schedule an appointment with our dentist or to learn more about how we can help you with TMD and tinnitus.