WHAT IS TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT DISORDER?
TMJ disorders affect the jaw muscles, temporomandibular joints, and the nerves associated with chronic facial pain.
Your temporomandibular joints are located on both sides of your face, just in front of your ears. The TMJs connect your lower jawbone to your skull and assist in movements like chewing and speaking. TMJ dysfunction occurs when the muscles and ligaments around your jaw joints become inflamed or irritated. It can be caused by trauma, an improper bite, arthritis or wear and tear.