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A 60-year-old female asked:

Can cervical spine damage affect the tmj joint?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Not likely: They are two seperate areas and two separate conditions. It is more likely that if you injured your neck, you may have also injured your TMJ joint at the same time. Also, being in pain in general seems to increase the likelihood that TMJ will be symptomatic. Just like a person may have more migraines when their neck is bothering them. Thank you for the question.
Dr. Duane Keller
Dentistry 45 years experience
Yes.: Put your elbow on the table and your chin on your elbow so you jaw is braced and cannot move. Open by rotating your neck back. Obviously you can open you mouth by moving your neck, so yes they can be related. You can have a neck problem that can also affect your jaw tmj.
Dr. Fernando Juliao
Dentistry 30 years experience
Possible: Unfortunately everything above your shoulders is 'connected'. A cervical injury can affect the musculature of your jaw, giving you TMJ symptoms. Bring the is to your doctors attention !
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Yes and no: TMJ can aggravate neck pain and vice versa. However DJD of the spine is not specifically causally related to TMJ problems.

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