TMJ disorders are those related to the temporomandibular joint, which acts as the hinge that connects the jaw bone to the skull and allows you to open and close your mouth. A disorder with the TMJ can cause pain and restricted movement as a result of the pain.
The cause of these disorders is not currently known, but is believed to be a combination of factors including arthritis, genetics, and/or a jaw injury. People with jaw pain tend to clench their jaw or grind their teeth, which only serves to intensify the problem.
The pain from TMJ is normally temporary and comes and goes. It can be relieved with self-care and does not require surgery in most cases. However, some people do benefit from surgical options. Overall, there are an estimated 35 million people diagnosed with TMJ in the United Stat