A Dentist for TMJ & Migraine Therapy
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is located right in front of your ears on each side of your head and is where your lower jaw (mandible) contacts the head (temporal bone of the skull). There is a cushioning between the two bones called a disc. This joint motion is considered a sliding ball and socket. As you begin to open your mouth the lower jaw rotates on an axis and then it slides forward as you continue to open fully.
The disc slides along with the lower jaw to prevent any bone to bone contact. This joint also depends on a number of muscles and tendons working together simultaneously to provide healthy function of everyday actions such as chewing or talking.
TMJ or TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders) can cause jaw pain, facial pain, neck pain, headaches, as well as, popping and clicking in the jaw while yawning, chewing, or even talking.