Temperomandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain Affects More Than Your Bite
TMJ Disorders affect how you bite, chew, drink, talk, swallow, etc. The two temperomandibular joints are located on either side of your mouth, near your ears, and act like a hinge between your upper and lower jaw.
When these joints become misaligned, it causes incredible pain and a host of symptoms like neck pain, headaches, migraines, shoulder pain, vision loss, eye pain and hearing loss.
By the time someone comes in for a consultation in our office, they have oftentimes seen many specialists, and are still searching for help with their malocclusion symptoms. Let’s do a quick test together during this video…
How Your Head and Neck
Affect Your Jaw
Upper cervical care is extremely specific in returning the head and neck to a more neutral position with gentle adjustments. There is an intimate connection between the temporomandibular joints and the upper neck and skull. The upper jaw is attached to your skull making up 50% of the temporomandibular joint. Upper neck misalignments and TMJ disorders are equally linked to trauma, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, facial pain, neck pain and shoulder pain.
ICCMO, a society of specialized neuromuscular dentists, endorses NUCCA doctors to help balance the bite and alleviate TMJ symptoms. We work together with your dentist to make sure your head, neck and bite are aligned.
Our NUCCA Doctors Specialize in
Helping TMD Patients
It is virtually impossible to have a balanced bite when your head is not on straight. Yes, you read that right!
Our NUCCA | Upper Cervical Care doctors literally get your head on straight which helps the biomechanics of your jaw and improves your bite. Our doctors are experts in their field helping patients with TMJ symptoms with great results. We co-manage your care with your dental professional from day one.
Want an expert on your health team? Call us at (619) 313-5403.
Your Head Tilt Affects Your Bite
Our doctors recommend that you get treatment for your head tilt before you are fitted for braces, retainer or night guard. Otherwise, your head tilt will be locked in place by the appliance in your mouth (especially if it is a permanent orthotic).
If you already had braces as a kid, have a permanent retainer, night guard, or had jaw surgery in the past, get checked by an upper cervical doctor if you are experiencing shoulder pain, neck pain, headaches, vertigo or TMJ symptoms. Getting your neck stable will be critical in stabilizing your jaw.
We recommend making an appointment with your dentist, orthodontist, or neuromuscular dentist to ensure that any retainers or appliances are refitted a couple weeks after beginning upper cervical care. The position of your head and neck will have shifted. Make sure to get an occlusal tune-up with your dentist to make sure that yur body posture and your bite are working together instead of against each other. Your ability to hold your adjustments and have less symptoms are directly related to having a properly fitted oral appliance.