What is TMJ disorder?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) refers to the two joints which are located in front of the ears and is positioned where the upper and lower jaws connect.
The TMJ disorder is when there are problems with the chewing muscles and joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull causing discomfort or pain and limiting jaw movements- whether it be to chew, swallow, talk, breath or yawn.
TMJ disorders are common, with about seven in ten people being affected at some time in their lives. It can cause different symptoms in different people that may vary from mild discomforts which may not need any treatment to severe pain.