Nigel Shaun Matthews

Nigel Shaun Matthews

Temporo-mandibular joint disorders


What is the temporomandibular joint?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge between jaw and skull, starting in front of the ears. It's a flexible joint whose movement allows you to talk and eat, controlled by a set of muscles surrounding the area.

What causes temporomandibular joint disorders?

If the muscles or the jaw itself start to become immobile, problems arise with the jaw joint. This can be caused by injury or by natural effects of artiritis and so on. In addition, emotional factors such as stress can cause people to grind their teeth, resulting in wear over time.