What is Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction?
TMD occurs when there is a problem with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This is the joint that allows us to move our jaw, chew, talk, swallow, and yawn. This joint is susceptible to injury due to its unique design and frequent use. Joint capsule, disc, muscles, fascia, bones, and nerves in the jaw, head, or neck can all be a source of jaw pain. Other contributing factors may include family history, injury to the face or jaw, incorrect jaw alignment, injury to the back or neck, joint or disc degeneration, poor posture, and STRESS.