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temporomandibular joint disease

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located just in front of each ear, where the lower jawbone (mandible) connects to the skull. This "ball and socket" joint allows the jaw to move up and down, from side to side, and in complex circular motions.  The piece of cartilage - padding between the bones - can become damaged or displaced due to constant use or other conditions.  When the TMJ components become damaged, the once smooth and lubricated joint loses its flexibility and range of motion, which results in problems opening and closing the jaw.


Symptoms may include:


  • moderate to severe pain in the joint
  • popping or grinding noises

Causes may include:



Treatment may include:


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