The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge that connects our jawbones to our head. This joint is located directly in front of the ears and allows us to speak and chew our food. The TMJ is able to rotate, glide, and act as a powerful hinge simultaneously. Many patients come to Glass Orthodontics experiencing pain or discomfort in their jaw or the surrounding areas. Several things can cause this, but it is usually due to the TMJ.
TMJ issues are more commonly referred to as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD describes the jaw pain and dysfunction that can happen when something has gone wrong with the muscles and joints of the jaw. Because these areas are full of nerve endings, even minor issues can produce symptoms that range from mild to severe, including pain, swelling, or problems chewing.