The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the rest of the skull. The term “TMJ” is often used to refer to TMJ disorder (TMD), which occurs when the jaw joint becomes stressed, injured, or misaligned. TMD may be the result of stress, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), arthritis in the TMJ, or trauma to the head, neck, or jaw. You may suffer from TMD if you experience frequent jaw or facial pain. TMJ disorders may also cause: grinding, clicking, or popping sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing your mouth, inability to open your mouth wide to yawn or chew, lockjaw, pain in the neck, shoulders, or ears, and frequent headaches. Our orthodontists can help you determine the cause of your TMJ disorder and recommend appropriate treatment.
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