What is TMJ?


The skull is made up of many bones having their own name.  For instance, the orange bone is known as the Temporal bone and the light blue bone is known as the mandible.  The joint which allows you to open and close your mouth takes on the names of the bones which join at the joint.  That joint is known as the Temporo-Mandibular Joint also known as the TMJ.  

What are TMDs?

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There are known conditions which produce pain in the area of the mouth, jaws, neck and/or shoulders.  Many of these conditions fall under the general category of Temporo-Mandibular Joint Disorders also known as TMDs.  ‘TMD’ is a diagnosis and ‘TMJ’ is an essential part of the human anatomy, most every human is born with two TMJs.  


TMD symptoms include:
Jaw pain, headache (tension-type and migraine), earache, neck pain, pain in your temple, forehead pain, pain behind your eye, your teeth hurt when you grit your teeth together, toothache, shoulder pain, dizziness, ringing in your ear, nausea, temporomandibular joint pain, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to sound, hyper-sensitive skin outside and/or inside of mouth, sinus pain, pain when combing your hair, arm pain, chest pain, noise when your mouth opens and/or closes, difficulty chewing, difficulty moving your head all the way, difficulty opening your mouth all the way, changing bite, jaws lock open and jaws lock shut.

If you have recently or continuously experienced any or all of the above symptoms, you are likely experiencing TMD pain.