What is TMJ?
Temporomandibular joint disorders, more commonly abbreviated as TMJ, are a group of diseases that cause pain to the temporomandibular joint. This is the joint found on each side of the head formed where the mandible (lower jawbone) is attached to the skull. A normal-functioning jaw functions to let us eat, talk and open our mouths properly. TMJ affects the jaws by causing impairment, pain and tenderness and occasionally an uncomfortable popping sound.
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, over 10 million Americans are affected with TMJ. Also, their data shows more women are affected than men. Left untreated, this condition may cause chronic facial pain and headaches.
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