Can TMJ cause neck and shoulder pain?

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Dr. Mike Deldar, TMJ Dentist Noblesville:

“Are you suffering from neck and shoulder pain and do not know where it is coming from? If so, you’ve probably tried many different treatments to get rid of the pain with no luck.

Did you know that it could be dental related? TMJ pain often has a dental cause and the pain stems from a misaligned bite. You will need a dentist to realign your teeth.

Since most dentists only focus on treating your symptoms and not the actual cause of your pain, going back and forth from one dentist to the other without getting relief is more common than you might think.

If you’re tired of these ineffective treatments and you want to get your life back again, you should turn to the services offered at Deldar Dental to take control of your neck, shoulder, and TMJ pain.”

Dr. Mike Deldar

Neuromuscular Dentist Noblesville / Indianapolis


Schedule a TMJ Diagnosis Appointment ($175)

What does TMJ neck pain feel like?

Your neck, back, and shoulder muscles work together as a team. Seldom does a single muscle work without other muscles joining in.

Often, when muscles are overworked, they will recruit additional muscles to help out. This is known as muscle recruitment. This is directly related to TMJ pain.


Do strained neck muscles affect posture?

With the head centered, the spinal column is straight. Muscle tension can shift the head away from the center. To compensate the spine begins to buckle.

Postural Distortion develops as the shoulders and hips begin to tip. The muscles of the head and neck are all involved in turning the head, chewing, talking and breathing. When certain muscles are over-contracted, it will affect the muscles that hold up your head and those that support the shoulders and back. The recruitment of other muscles ends in unbalance, which results in pain.

The bones in the neck, especially the atlas and axis, are intimately involved with the muscles that control biting, talking, chewing, breathing and head posture. Sore, tight, contracted muscles of the jaw will tilt the head and shoulders causing over-compensation of the neck, shoulder and back muscles.

TMJ neck and shoulder pain, imagine this

Your head weighs approximately 15 pounds, the same weight of an average bowling ball. Your head is precisely and delicately balanced on top of your spinal column by the muscles in your jaw, neck, shoulders and back.

Now, imagine your head as a baseball and picture it balanced on top of a pencil, being held in place by a number of rubber bands. When muscles are tense, they shorten. Now envision shortening just one of those rubber bands. Some rubber bands would stretch, some would shorten but regardless, the baseball would be thrown completely off kilter.

Similarly, when even a single jaw, neck or shoulder muscle shortens, all of your other muscles are forced to compensate to keep the head balanced on top of your spinal column. Your overworked muscles become strained and tender, making neck, shoulders and back continually sore.

When you suffer from the TMJ disorder, your unaligned bite causes a ripple effect throughout all these regions and it results in pain and strain throughout the top half of your body. Correcting the bite so that your muscles can function properly and without additional strain, can be the difference between living with muscle discomfort or muscle continuity.

If your bite is misaligned, it needs to be corrected as the problems will worsen over time.


Noblesville TMJ Dentist Dr. Mike Deldar


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3 Easy steps for alleviating TMJ neck and shoulder pain

When you come to our dental office at Deldar Dental, we help you alleviate your TMJ neck pain with our thorough treatment plan.

1. Let’s meet

Dr. Deldar will give you a thorough checkup to see what’s going on with your TMJ. If this initial screening worries him, he will administer other tests so he can come up with a plan that is customized for your body.

2. Let’s talk about treatment

Treating TMJ is not just about treating the symptoms, it’s also about treating the root cause of the problem so your entire body finds relief. Dr.Deldar understands this and makes sure to follow a whole-body approach to give you maximum relief.

3. Live without TMJ pain

After treatment, you enjoy complete relief from your TMJ symptoms, and with a body free of discomfort, you can finally feel like yourself again.

Get in touch with Dr. Deldar today to start your comprehensive TMJ treatment plan and become pain-free as soon as possible.

Why choose Deldar Dental?

When you choose Deldar Dental, you choose to:

  • Stop living with TMJ related shoulder and neck pain
  • Avoid misdiagnosis and lack of diagnosis
  • Stop undergoing treatments that just treat the symptoms and not the causes
  • Avoid harmful and ineffective treatments
  • Avoid putting medications, chemicals, and allergens into your body
  • You can finally take control of your neck pain, shoulder pain, and TMJ pain by experiencing a treatment plan that treats the causes of your pain through tested therapies and TMJ exercises.


Finding a TMJ dentist in Noblesville doesn’t have to be a challenge anymore. At Deldar Dental dental office, we make sure that you are crystal clear about your treatment plan so you no longer have to live in confusion and can finally get your life back again.

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