What is TMJ (temporomandibular joint)?

One of the first questions people ask me when they come in for a TMJ problem is they look at me and say, “I have TMJ”. And I look back at them and say, “I do, too. I got two of them and I bet you do, too. You have one on each side of your head.” And being a smart alec is just a way to break the ice.

Seriously, though, TMJ is the name of the joint temporomandibular joint. Tmj. It’s this area right here where the jaw, the skull and the muscles all intersect to make your jaw move and work.

TMD (temporal magnetic dysfunction) is when one of these joints, or both of these joints, the teeth or the bone aren't working correctly. That's what you have, because that's why you're here, and because it hurts.

The muscles are sore. You can palpate them and they're sore and tender, and you can tell that it's probably the teeth.

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