What is TMD and TMJ?
Your temporomandibular joint is the hinge that connects your jaw to your skull – it is this joint that enables the movement of your jaw up and down and left and right, to allow for chewing, yawning and talking. Any problems that occur with this particular part of the skull are given the name temporomandibular disorders (TMD). These are also sometimes called TMJ dysfunction, referring to temporomandibular joint.
Pain in this part of your jaw is particularly common. Around 30 percent of adults will experience it at some point in their lifetimes, and usually it will go away of its own accord.
Symptoms of TMD/TMJ
- Muscle pain in and around your jaw
- A clicking or popping sound as you chew or move the jaw
- Pain in front of your ear that may move to your cheek and temple
- Headaches and migraines
- Earache, a buzzing sound or a blocked feeling
- Tight or locked jaw