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.

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Brandi M.
21:08 24 Oct 19
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Monica S.
15:56 14 Oct 19
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Kelsey L.
17:57 19 Sep 19
I came across Intouch Chiropractic through an ad on Facebook. In which I'm so glad I did! I have a really serious back Injury and severe scoliosis. So, I've been to my fair share of Chiropractors. This is honestly THE BEST chiropractic office I've ever experienced. Dr Tapia and Dr young are incredible! As well as their front desk assistant. They are all so friendly and welcoming. Dr Tapia has been treating me, and I've never had such caring chiropractor! Before she started treating me she carefully took the time to study all my x-rays, mri's etc. U like a ton of other chiropractors, they just don't seem to care as much. I will forever be a client. They truly make you feel like family! I highly recommend them to everyone!
Bruna Araujo
Bruna A.
01:32 15 Oct 19
I have been coming to Intouch for several weeks now. This is the best I have felt in over 10 years, I have suffered from lower back pain, neck pain, migraines and TMJ. Dr.Devin never ceases to amaze me with his vast knowledge and expertise. The DRX machine is a non-surgical spinal decompression, I feel so rejuvenated after this treatment. And let me not forget Joselyn she is amazing.
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Sara K.
00:56 02 Oct 19
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Stephen S.
18:22 20 Mar 19
Great chiropractic clinic! I greatly appreciate the staff:! Dr. Devin is very expert doing precise & gently atlas adjustments His work surpasses 35 yrs traditional chiropractic adjustments. It is much safer to get atlas adjustments. I am very confident I will eventually reach optimum health & well being unlike since birth. I greatly appreciate Joselyn whose warm, compassionate, empathic & nurturing personality really resonates to all their clients, their families & friends. Venue is quiet, peaceful, nurturing & calm.
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06:08 06 Sep 19
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