Does TMJ Affect Teenagers Drastically?


Teenagers are at risk for tinnitus; this increased risk is due to earbuds, loud music at clubs, and other conditions, including TMJ. We encourage teens to look out for their health and protect their ears from hearing loss.

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Tinnitus is a condition that affects older people. However, a recently conducted studied that focused on the effects of this condition also surveyed a portion of the teenage population. Their results conclude that 42 out of 170 teenagers between the ages of 11 to 17, were reported to have suffered from tinnitus in the past year. 29% of the 170 students said they suffered from chronic tinnitus just as older adults do. Tinnitus usually comes from prolonged exposure to loud noises. Symptoms of tinnitus, which refers to the damaging of our neurons as a result of prolonged exposure to loud transmissions of sound is not cured or treatable; we can only do our best to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Steps to avoid these particular issues may include reduced exposure to loud noise and earbuds use.

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is also a cause of tinnitus. TMJ is a health condition that, as the name clearly illustrates, impacts the movement, and therefore the overall function of our jaw. Our temporomandibular joint can be found on either side of our faces, connecting our lower mandible to the base of our skull. TMJ manifests when your jaw is not operating as it normally should, causing you pain when eating, talking, yawning, or hindering your ability to these things entirely. Unfortunately, many different stressors, accidents, and health issues can contribute to the development of TMJ, however old you are.

With that said, young people especially, are at a higher risk of TMJ because their bodies are growing, including their jaws, which are not fully proportional, creating bite disproportion which, in turn, leads to TMJ. The reason is that the temporal bone experiences higher pressures, which protects the nerves that transfer information from the ear to the brain.

Most Common TMJ-Related Tinnitus Symptoms:

It can be difficult to identify if you’re are indeed suffering from TMJ and/or tinnitus since the signs and symptoms vary. Noted below are the main things for you to keep an eye out for. And, if you’re dealing with any of these issues, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a dental specialist when you can.

●Tooth damage
●Jaw pain
●Jaw clicking or lockjaw.
●Numbness in the fingers
●Ear pain

TMJ symptoms are most likely to be experienced after engaging in hobbies that exert stress on the jaw, including:

●Laughing and talking loudly or excessively
●Chewing gum
●Balance and strength sports (gymnastics or cheerleading)

If you fear your loved one is at risk of this medical issue, a dentist in Edmonton offers TMJ treatment near you. Call or book an appointment with us at Belle Rive Dental Clinic for a TMJ treatment in Edmonton to reduce, prevent, or even eliminate tinnitus. Our team understands that living with TMJ pain can give rise to multiple problems now and further down the road, which is why we’ll tailor your treatment to your unique needs and health situation so that it is as effective as possible. We’ll guide you through each stage of the process, so you know what to expect and don’t meet with any surprises along the way.

If you have any questions or concerns about anything, please let us know, so we can sort them out immediately. You deserve to be as comfortable as possible.

We look forward to seeing you and working with you soon.