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The Temporomandibular Joint is the most used joint in the entire body, opening and closing up to 2000 times per day, allowing us to chew, speak and breathe. It is also a very complicated joint. The Temporomandibular Joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones in your skull. Attached by muscles and ligaments, the TMJ allows your jaw to move up, down, and side to side. Pain in the TMJ and surrounding muscles is called TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction).



Symptoms of TMD include:

  • Pain when chewing
  • TMJ sounds such as clicking, popping, and grating
  • Headaches
  • Ear pain and fullness
  • Facial pain / Muscle fatigue and tenderness
  • Difficulty opening or closing the mouth
  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • Sensitive teeth when no dental problems can be found

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