The term TMJ gets used as a catchall for any jaw problem. But do you know what TMJ really means? TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint — the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull. That area of your face is particularly important as it contains the means by which your jaws open and close, allowing you to speak and eat. When there is a problem with the TMJ, it can cause a lot of pain and dysfunction and make life difficult.
TMJ disorders, or TMD, can diminish your quality of life, making it hard to chew, swallow, relax, and sleep. If you have a TMD, you may experience facial or neck pain, headaches, earaches, jaw discomfort, jaw popping, jaw locking, and other uncomfortable symptoms.