What Is TMJ?
“TMJ” is an acronym for temporomandibular joint (i.e., the jaw bone). The temporomandibular joints are the joints that attach the lower jaw to the skull. They’re essential to daily jaw functions such as opening and closing your mouth, chewing, and speaking.
What Are TMJ Disorders?
TMJ disorders refer to conditions that cause pain in your jaw and jaw muscles, and limitations in your jaw’s ability to operate normally while speaking, eating, and swallowing.
What Causes TMJ Disorders?
The exact cause of your TMJ disorder can be difficult to determine. In 30 years of treating patients seen at Skoulas DDS, Dr. Skoulas believes that pain can occur due to a combination of factors, such as genetics, arthritis, teeth grinding during sleep, or jaw injury.