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What Is TMJ?

We all have a TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, located on each side of the head. It is the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull and controls jaw movement. As many as 15 percent of American adults suffer from chronic facial pain, headaches, or earaches that could be related to TMJ disorders.* A malady of this joint and its surrounding muscles can cause severe jaw pain and problems with proper functionality. You might have a TMJ disorder if you suffer with any of the following symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Neck aches
  • Jaw gets “stuck” when opened or closed
  • Jaw pain, or pain in the face, around the ear, neck, or shoulder area when yawning or chewing
  • Difficulty opening the mouth widely
  • Grating, clicking, or popping noises when opening or closing the mouth