Your temporomandibular joint is the hinge connecting your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn.
Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD).
There are many factros thought to comtribute to TMD, and often it requires a details history to try and determine the most likely cause. Essentally, we believe symptoms arise from problems with the muscles of your jaw and or with the parts of the joint itself not working together as optimally as they should.
Injury to your jaw, the joint, or muscles of your head and neck ( e.g. from a heavy blow or whiplash) can lead to TMD. Other causes include:
TMD often causes severe pain and discomfort. It can be temporary or last many years. It might affect one or both sides of your face. More women than men have it, and it’s most common among people between the ages of 20 and 40.
Common symptoms include:
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