TMJ Disorders, Causes and Treatment

What is the Temporomandibular Joint? TMJ (the temporomandibular joint) is the part of the jaw that slides and rotates just in front of your ear. It consists of the side and base of the skull (temporal bone) and the lower jaw (mandible). Chewing muscles connect the lower jaw to the rest of the head, allowing you to move your jaw forward, sideways, and open and close. When the jaw joint is working correctly, the lower jaw (both the right and left portions) is smooth and synchronized during movement. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder occurs when the jaw twists during opening, closing, or side-motion movements. These movements affect the jaw joint and the muscles that control chewing. What is TMJ? TMJ describes a [...]