A member asked:

Can tmj cause problems with shoulder, elbow & arm pain too? have misaligned jaw, dropped left, chewed through 2 guards at night & ground down teeth

5 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. M Jones answered

Specializes in Dentistry

It is all connected!: The TM Joint can refer pain down into the neck, shoulder and arm. Our bodies brace when we experience pain. If left untreated, the pain can spread throughout our entire head and neck area and into the shoulder and arm. Schedule an evaluation as soon as you can to get to the bottom of the problem.

Answered 11/6/2017



TMD pain can radiate to the neck. These days stress level can increase clenching and grinding, so do what you can to reduce your stress. Your misaligned teeth can cause TMJ problems. See a dentist trained in TMJ for a complete evaluation and a definitive treatment plan.

Answered 7/18/2021



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