Can TMJ Cause Lightheadedness?

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Woman holding her head in distress because she feels lightheaded Dr. John Schmid is an LVI-trained TMJ dentist, who can determine if symptoms you are experiencing are caused by temporomandibular joint disorder. Call our practice in Austin, at 512-329-5967, to arrange a consultation with Dr. Schmid.

Yes, TMJ Disorders Cause Dizziness and Lightheadedness

In general, yes, the answer is that TMJ disorders may cause symptoms that a person would describe as "lightheadedness." You may also describe it as dizziness or feeling like you are about to fall. For the most part, patients characterize their lightheadedness as feeling as though they will lose their balance, and not as though they will faint. A fainting sensation may be unrelated to TMJ disorder, although Dr. Schmid can determine if your jaw joints are playing a role.

How TMJs are linked to Lightheadedness

The temporomandibular joints are very close to the inner ear, perhaps an inch or so away. When these joints and their surrounding muscles, blood vessels and ligaments are strained or stressed, then inflammation may arise. This inflammation may grow, eventually spreading to your middle ear. Your inner ear is involved in your balance and body position. When it becomes inflamed, you can lose your sense of balance, which may be causing the feeling of lightheadedness.

Another possible cause is an ear infection. It causes the same type of inflammation. Getting a diagnosis means you'll soon be on your way to relief from this sensation, assuming it's a treatable source of lightheadedness.

Other Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

In addition to lightheadedness, you may experience one or more of the following problems:

  • Jaw clicking and popping
  • Headaches
  • Sore jaws and cheeks
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Worn teeth
  • Sore teeth or toothache
  • Earache
  • Jaw that locks in an open or closed position

Dr. Schmid formulates the best treatment for you, if you are in fact experiencing a TMJ disorder. It may involve correcting and realigning your bite, using a mouth guard to block teeth grinding, or restoring damaged teeth. These issues are often the root cause of TMJ disorders.

Dr. Schmid is an LVI Fellow. LVI is the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, and it is known worldwide as one of the most prestigious institutes for the advanced study of dentistry. Dr. Schmid's intensive LVI training in neuromuscular dentistry taught him how to treat each case of TMJ disorder individually. He tailors the treatment recommendations to your dental health, bite and specific symptoms. His goal is to restore your wellness by eliminating these symptoms. TMJ disorders are not only inconvenient when they cause lightheadedness, but they can also be painful. Chronic headaches and facial pain can interrupt your daily life. The first step to relief is a proper diagnosis.

Get Relief from TMJ Symptoms in Austin

Ready to find out if a TMJ disorder is the source of uncomfortable symptoms like dizziness and lightheadedness? To arrange a consultation with experienced dentist Dr. John Schmid, please call our team at 512-329-5967. Our practice is located in Austin, Texas, and our patients visit us from across the surrounding areas, including Bee Cave and Lakeway.