November is TMJ Awareness Month, a time dedicated to making more people familiar with TMJ and TMD. If you don’t already know, TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, which is the ball and socket joint that attaches the lower jaw to the base of the skull. If you place your fingers on the back of your jaw near your ear and open your mouth you can feel the temporomandibular joint move. You may also hear the term TMD, which refers to temporomandibular joint disorder. TMJ and TMD are often used interchangeably to refer to this condition.
Do you find yourself frequently experiencing jaw discomfort? Or have you changed your eating habits because you find it difficult to chew certain foods or open your mouth wide enough to bite? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you may be experiencing the symptoms of a common condition known as TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. This condition often remains undetected and can cause great discomfort to patients. Continue reading to learn more about TMD and how we can help.