TMJ Syndrome

The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, but you probably know it better as the "jaw joint." With one on each side, the TMJ connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull. Notice how you can move your jaw both up and down and side to side? It's a complicated joint that allows for a wide range of motion.

Temporomandibular joint syndrome describes problems with the jaw. Jaw problems can include clicking, popping, limited motion, jaw pain or facial pain. TMJ disorder is the result of inflammation within the jaw, and it typically results in jaw dysfunction and/or joint pain.

TMJ syndrome treatment usually begins with anti-inflammatory painkillers and gentle jaw exercises to stretch the joint, loosen jaw muscles, and increase range of motion. Some patients find TMJ relief by getting a night guard or bite plate from their TMJ .

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