What is Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome

TMJ Syndrome is a term often used to describe temporomandibular disorders, which occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw or mandible to the temporal bone of the skull. Ths bone is located immediately in front of the ear on each side of the head.  When healthy, the joints are flexible, allowing the jaw to move smoothly up and down and side to side, also enabling one to talk, chew, and yawn.  Muscles attached to and surrounding the jaw joint control the position and movement of the jaw.
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