The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, connects your lower jaw (or mandible) to your skull. This joint is responsible for many of your jaw’s functions, including chewing.
TMJ disorders is an umbrella term used to describe all problems related to either your TMJ or your chewing muscles. These disorders can be caused by a variety of factors, including stress, continually clenching your jaw muscles, or grinding your teeth (a condition called bruxism).
If you suspect that you have a TMJ disorder, or know you have one and require treatment, please speak to your dentist during your next appointment.