If you like being able to bite, chew, speak and smile, you can thank your temporomandibular joints -- otherwise known as TMJ's or jaw joints. Humans have two TMJ's -- one in front of each ear. The TMJ connects the lower jaw bone to the skull and allows our jaws to move up and down, side to side and forward and back.
A clicking or popping sound when you open your mouth can be annoying. But if it's also painful, you might be suffering from temporomandibular disorder, or TMD disorder (often called TMJ. The good news is that a dentist can diagnose and provide TMD treatment to help relieve TMD symptoms.
TMD pain results from dental problems specific to the jaw. Simple movements such as opening and closing our mouths, chewing, speaking and swallowing are all made possible by the collaborative work of the different parts of the jaw. When any one part doesn't perform as expected, you may experience TMD pain.
If you've been suffering with TMD symptoms, now is the time to learn all you can about TMD disorder.