WHAT IS TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT (TMJ)?
It means jaw joint, and it connects the lower jaw to the skull. It allows for the opening and closing of the mouth. This is the most used joint in the entire body and it affects our ability to talk, chew and swallow.
TMD frequently occurs when the lower jaw is not in the proper position relative to the upper jaw. When the lower jaw goes back too far, this results in the protective disc becoming anteriorly displaced. Some common causes of TMD are clenching or grinding habits, your lower jaw too far back causing an anteriorly displaced disc, a deep dental overbite, a bad bite and/or teeth missing, trauma to the head or neck, automobile accidents or a whiplash injury, bad posture or stress on the body or intubation procedures in hospitals.
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