What Is TMJ?

By brett
Jun 30, 2020
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TMJ is a very common condition that millions of people suffer from every year. People with TMJ may have a variety of symptoms. Some are more of an annoyance, while other symptoms are more severe and can affect a person’s quality of life.

For those who suffer from TMJ, the good news is there are numerous treatment options, and the preferred method is often based off the cause of the problem. These treatment options range from conservative at-home care to more invasive surgery.

1. What Does TMJ Stand For?

In medical and dental terminology, TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint. This joint connects the jaw to the skull bones that are located in front of the ear. There is one joint on each side of the face. This joint allows for the opening and closing of the jaw as well as its ability to move from side to side. These movements allow for functions such as chewing, talking and yawning.

When there are issues with the temporomandibular joint or the muscles and tissues surrounding it, people refer to them as TMJ disorders, or TMD. For simplicity sake, however, many people continue to use the initials TMJ to refer to disorders of the joint.


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