TMJ head neck pain

Treat head and neck pain with up-to-date techniques at PacificWest Dental Group!

You shouldn’t have to live with chronic pain! Suffering from head, neck, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain can decrease the quality and enjoyment of life. There is now a revolutionary therapy that combines advanced dentistry with sports medicine techniques to relieve discomfort caused by various issues.

TMJ Head and Neck Pain

Living with different types of head and neck pain is never pleasant. At PacificWest Dental Group, we provide treatment options to reduce the symptoms of tension headaches, migraine headaches, tinnitus, vertigo, dizziness, jaw pain, and TMJ disorder.

Grinding and clenching your teeth at night can increase the tension within your jaw and facial muscles. Pain can continue through the day due to the formation of tight muscle tissue trigger points. Additionally, jaw points can feel tender when pressed. If you are experiencing these symptoms, book an appointment at one of our Metro Vancouver offices to relieve your head and neck pain.

What Causes Head and Neck Pain?

The first step in treatment is understanding the origin of your symptoms. Head and neck pain can be caused by a multitude of factors, including:

Your upper and lower teeth work together as a team. When teeth are missing and misaligned, your bite can become unbalanced, which strains the jaw. The result is irritated joints and inflammation. Clenching and grinding can occur when the jaw tries to return the teeth to their proper positions. TMJ disorder can cause head and neck pain. That’s because inflammation from terpro-madibular joint can spread along neves, muscles or blood vessels close to the head and neck areas.  In more severe cases, the jaw can become so inflamed that it can be painful to close the mouth.

How Do the Dentists at PacificWest Dental Group Treat Head and Neck Pain?

Many types of head and neck pain are treatable. At PacificWest Dental Group, our team will provide you with a customized treatment plan. Here are the services available at our offices:

TMJ/TMD Treatment

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ/TMD) is one of the leading causes of head and neck pain. Our team provides various treatment options, including custom-made oral appliances, physical therapy, and suggested lifestyle changes to relieve symptoms and improve jaw function.

Bite Alignment Correction

Misaligned bites can lead to head and neck pain. We can assess your bite alignment and recommend treatments such as orthodontics, dental restorations, or bite splints to correct alignment and relieve symptoms of discomfort.

Neuromuscular Dentistry

We can treat head and neck pain using neuromuscular dentistry principles. By evaluating the relationship between your teeth, jaw joints, and muscles, we can identify your symptoms’ issues and root causes. Treatment options include orthodontic appliances and other therapeutic approaches to optimize your bite.

Dental Sleep Medicine

Disorders like sleep apnea can contribute to head and neck pain. Our dental sleep medicine services diagnose and treat sleep-related breathing disorders. Custom-fitted oral appliances can improve your sleep quality and relieve pain.

Comprehensive Dental Care

As a full-service dental practice, we can address underlying dental issues contributing to your head and neck pain. Routine cleanings, dental fillings and complex restorative procedures support your oral health and overall well-being.

A severe headache and migraines can put a damper on your day. To treat headaches, pain, and other conditions, visit one of our offices for a consultation. At PacificWest Dental Group, we are committed to providing top quality care and treating head and neck pain.

Frequently Asked Questions About
TMJ Head, Neck Pain

TMD or bite misalignment can contribute to head and neck pain. If you are experiencing jaw pain, headaches, facial pain, or difficulty opening and closing your mouth, consult the professionals at PacificWest Dental Group. We can determine if your symptoms are dental-related and recommend appropriate treatment options.

Almost anyone can experience head and neck pain. Tension headaches are among the most common causes of head and neck pain. They are caused by muscle tension in the head, neck, and shoulders. This type of headache causes dull, constant pain lasting for hours or even days.

Yes. When the upper and lower teeth do not come together properly, it can stress the jaw joints and muscles, resulting in discomfort. Our team can evaluate your bite alignment and recommend treatments, such as orthodontics, dental restorations, or bite sprints, to correct alignment and relieve pain.

Of course! PacificWest Dental Group is a full-service dental practice. Our experienced team provides comprehensive dental care, including routine cleanings, dental fillings, root canal therapy, dental implants, and cosmetic services. We support your oral health and help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.

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We encourage a friendly atmosphere at our Vancouver and Surrey office, and welcome all our patients into the PacificWest Dental family. We understand our patients are trusting us with their smile, and we appreciate that trust. We believe in being transparent with our patients about the process, and we make sure they are comfortable every step of the way. We are happy to offer the latest technology in the industry and multidisciplinary care to treat our patients in the best possible way.

We are pleased to have Dr. Wang, Dr. Lee, Dr. Cheng, and Dr. Chiang overseeing the orthodontic treatment of our patients. Each of our orthodontists is Certified Specialists in Orthodontics. Learn more about our orthodontists here.

The teams at both of our locations provide equal quality care, and we want you to choose the location that is most convenient for you.


Having crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can affect more than how your smile looks. Severely crowded dentition is more difficult to clean, and may result in higher risk of cavities and gum disease. Other common malocclusion such as crossbite and deepbite can cause uneven wear to the teeth and extra stress to the jaw joint. Check out our Orthodontics page for more information.

An orthodontist is a dentist who has so much passion and love in the art of moving teeth, they spend 2-3 more years in specialty school to learn the knowledge and skill in orthodontics. Additionally, they need to pass the rigorous national board examination (The Royal College of Dentists of Canada, National Dental Specialty Examination) in order to become a certified specialist in Canada. Finally, because a certified orthodontist usually will limit his or her practice to orthodontics only, they have much more experience in diagnosing malocclusion and providing treatments than a family dentist.

Whether a case can be treated by a family dentist depends on the complexity of the malocclusion and the experience and training of the family dentist. Many family dentists have great interest in orthodontics and will take courses to obtain knowledge and experience in providing braces treatment. In fact, the orthodontists at PacificWest Dental have hosted many study clubs to help our family dentist colleagues learn about orthodontics.

You should ask your family dentist what kind of training he or she has in orthodontics, if he or she treated cases like yours before, and does he or she have photos of the case that he has completed to show you. We will be more than happy to provide you with a second opinion if you have any questions about your teeth!

Orthodontic treatment is suitable for people of all ages, whether young or old. Starting from the age of 7, we recommend taking your child to visit us so that we can monitor his or her teeth and jaw growth, and keep an eye out for potential problems. Learn more about our approach here.

Braces work by gently pulling and pushing the teeth to guide them into alignment. The real working horse in this process is the wire. Think of your teeth as a set of trains; braces are the wheels on the train, and the wire is the rail. It is the wire that guides the teeth where to go.

But how does the physical force from the wire actually make teeth move? Teeth are suspended in the bone by a collection of ligaments. When teeth are under pressure, these ligaments are squashed, and they release signals to call for cells (osteoclast) to come to remove the bone surround them (so they could become unsquashed).  After the teeth have moved into new position, another type of cell (osteoblast) will come to build new bones around the teeth to secure it in the new position. And this is how braces work to move your teeth!

At the initial consultation, we want to understand your needs and provide you with treatment options. In order to do this, we will need your medical and dental history, and any questions you may have!

This is the million dollar question! The cost of braces is based on several factors like the complexity of your case, how long treatment will take and which type of appliances you choose (metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign® or lingual braces). And because each patient receives a different treatment plan customized to his or her need, the cost will also be different.

Rest assured that during the consultation with Dr. Wang and Dr. Lee, financial figures will be discussed in depth. At PacificWest Dental Group, we work together with our patients to ensure treatment is affordable and payment options are flexible. We offer interest-free financing and accept cash, cheque, Visa, MasterCard, and debit.

Insurance plan coverage varies greatly, so we recommend asking your provider what your coverage includes. We will provide you the total cost of your treatment before your first appointment so you can determine your cost after your insurance coverage.

We do not direct bill to your insurance provider, but provide you with receipts and invoices so you can successfully process your claims.

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Where To Find Us?

Pacific West Dental’s Vancouver clinic is located at 182 E 15th Ave, in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver. The clinic is situated near Main Street and is easily accessible by car or public transit.

If you are taking public transit to the clinic, you can take the Canada Line SkyTrain towards King George and get off at Broadway-City Hall station. From there, take the 99 B-Line bus towards UBC and get off at Main Street and East 15th Avenue. The clinic will be a short walk away.

If you are driving to the clinic, you can take the Cambie Street Bridge and turn left onto Broadway. Continue on Broadway and turn right onto Main Street. Take a left onto East 15th Avenue and the clinic will be on your right-hand side.

Nearby landmarks to Pacific West Dental’s Vancouver location include Main Street, Mount Pleasant Community Centre, and Guelph Park.

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Get started todaY by calling us at 604-558-0993 (Vancouver) OR 604-501-0993 (sURREY), or by filling the form below.

During your initial consultation, we will understand your situation, perform a visual examination of your bite, recommend a treatment plan and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

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