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When Sinuses Impact TMJ, What Should You Do?

Posted on 11/30/2016 by Dr McMurray
A man suffering from sinus pain caused by TMJ!
The temporalmandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint where your upper and lower jawbones meet. It allows you to open your mouth and move your bottom jaw from side to side.

Problems with the TMJ can cause severe pain. While the direct cause is unknown, issues with the sinuses, such as allergies, can aggravate the symptoms.

While usually unrelated, sinus problems and temporomandibular disorder (TMD) both have similar symptoms. One can often be mistaken for the other. These symptoms include:

•  Pain in the face.
•  Earaches.
•  Headaches.
•  Dizziness.

It is possible to suffer from both sinus issues and TMD. And when you do, your aggravated sinuses can exacerbate problems with your TMJ.

Sinus Congestion

Congested sinuses are full of fluid, and therefore swell, putting pressure on outlying facial structures, including your TMJ. They also lead you to rely on your mouth for breathing, which can potentially lead to soreness and jaw alignment issues. If you suffer from TMD as well, pressure from your sinuses can hinder your already affected jaw.


Sinus problems, especially allergies, cause a lot of sneezing. Sneezing can cause your jaw to pop or even lead to mandibular dislocation, an event in which your lower jaw separates from the joint and won't go back in place.

Sinus and TMJ issues require treatment, otherwise you will continue to be in painful misery. One treatment for your sinuses involves a minimally invasive procedure in which a balloon is inserted into the sinus to expand the cavity and allow it to drain, removing pressure from both your sinuses and your TMJ.

TMD should also be treated. A weakened jaw requires strengthening. If your jaw alignment is off, it should be corrected. Depending upon its severity, surgery may be required.

Don't let sinus troubles and TMD continue to make you miserable. Contact our office to discuss your options.

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