The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge joint that connects that lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull. The joints are flexible, allowing the jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side. It also enables you to talk, chew and yawn. Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw and jaw joints.
The cause of TMD is not clear, but dentists believe that symptoms arise from problems with the muscles of the jaw or parts of the joint itself.
People who suffer from this kind of pain can experience symptoms that can be temporary or last for many years.
There are many different treatment options available to those who suffer from TMJ pain. Because many other conditions can cause similar symptoms, your dentist will conduct a careful examination to determine the exact cause.