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The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the joints and jaw muscles that connect your lower jawbone to your skull and allow your mouth to open and close. The muscles, ligaments, discs, and jaw bone that make up this intricate network of joints activate and work together every time you chew, speak, swallow, or even yawn by controlling the lower jaw—also known as the mandible—as it moves backward, forward, up and down, and side to side.
Problems that develop with TMJ are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD).You may also hear them referred to as “TMJ disorders.” These complications can be caused by arthritis, dislocation, injury, teeth grinding, or even issues with tooth and jaw alignment.
Some common symptoms of TMD include:
Should you notice any of the above symptoms, please give our office a call. Dr. Mike Hanley can identify any presence of TMD and can create the best treatment for your situation.
Of course, the best treatment for TMD is preventing it before it occurs. Here are some simple steps you can take to prevent TMD from occurring or becoming more severe: