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TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT (TMJ):

“TMJ” stands for TemporoMandibular

Joint, or the jaw joint. You have two TMJ’s, one in front of each ear, which connects the lower jaw bone (the mandible) to the skull.

The joints allow movement up and down, side to side, and forward and back – all the mobility needed for biting, chewing, swallowing food, speaking, and making facial expressions.

A small cartilage disc between your lower jaw bone and skull acts as a “shock absorber” for the joint.     

TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT DISORDERS (TMD):

Researchers generally agree that temporomandibular joint disorders fall into 3 main categories:

TMD Statistics:

TMD SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:

TMD TREATMENT:

Because most TMD problems are temporary, conservative and reversible treatment is typically all that is needed to reduce pain and establish a return to function.

Diet Modification:

Habit Modification:

Medications:

Hot / Cold Treatments:

Help From Your Dentist:

Stress Management:

Referral:

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