The jaw joint otherwise known as temporo-mandibular joint is located in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. The joint allows the lower jaw to move and function. The joint itself is made up of two bones that are separated by a disc of cartilage. Ligaments and muscle surround the joint.
Problems with the jaw joint are quite common but typically last a few months before getting better. In some cases only the muscles are affected (myofascial pain dysfunction) whereas in others the cartilage and ligaments may also be at fault (internal derangement). Some people may have a combination of bothThe most common symptoms are:
Most jaw joint problems are made worse by chewing and are aggravated at times of stress.
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