The temporomandibular joints (TMJ’s) are located in front of the ear and are used in talking, chewing, and swallowing. They are the only joint that is one bone but 2 different joints. That means, you can actually have 2 different conditions in the same jaw. The jaw joint moves through the actions of the muscles in both the jaw and neck. In order for your jaw to move correctly, both the muscles and the jaw joints need to work in harmony. When a problem occurs with one or both joints, it creates a TMJ disorder (TMD).
Just like in any joint of the body, there is a disc between the bones to cushion the joint. In cases of clicking, popping, locking, or crunching noises, the disc has become dislodged. Functioning on an injured joint can cause pain and difficulty moving the joint. We use orthopedic appliances to take pressure off the joint to help the TMJ’s heal.