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  • TMJ

    01 Aug 2017 | 0 Comments

    Have you ever heard someone say that they have TMJ? What does this mean? Technically, TMJ is the abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint. The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects the mandible, or lower jaw, to the skull. When this joint is traumatized or damaged, it can lead to pain and any of a multitude of symptoms. These symptoms include, but are not limited to, pain or tenderness of the jaw, pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints, aching pain in and around one or both ears, difficulty chewing or pain while chewing, aching facial pain and locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth completely. TMJ disorders can also cause a clicking, popping or grating sensation when you open your mouth, chew or yawn.