When we refer to the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ as it’s more commonly known, we’re talking about the hinge that connects the jaw to the skull. You may have never thought about its function, but the TMJ is critical in our daily life. Without it, our jaws wouldn’t be able to move up and down or side to side. The TMJ also allows us to talk, chew, and yawn.
Some people suffer from TMJ disorder, which causes them to experience pain and discomfort in the jaw. The symptoms of TMJ disorder commonly manifest themselves in several ways. These symptoms, which we’ll discuss in greater detail below, can be quite debilitating and require attention from a medical professional.