TMJ Disorder

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome or TMJ joint disorders are medical problems related to the jaw joint. The TMJ connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull (temporal bone) in front of the ear. Chewing is controlled by certain facial muscles. Problems in this area can cause head and neck pain, a jaw that is locked in position or difficult to open, problems biting, and popping sounds when you bite. The most common factor contributing to TMJ disorder is a bite problem affecting the joint itself, however, anatomical factors within the joint or surrounding muscles may also interfere with the bite and cause TMJ disorder. If you experience pain and discomfort in the face, jaw joint, neck and shoulders, let us see if TMJ disorder might be the cause.