TMJ (The Temporomandibular Joint)

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) allows the lower jaw (mandible) to move and function. It is a small joint located in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet.

Earaches, headaches and limited ability to open the mouth are some of the symptoms of TMJ disorder. Other signs include clicking or grating sounds in the joint and/or pain when opening and closing the mouth.
Causes of TMJ include arthritis, an injury, grinding the teeth at night or the dislocation of the disk located between the socket and jawbone. Clicking or popping sounds, limited jaw movement and pain when opening and closing the mouth can be due to a displaced disk.