The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jawbone to your skull and is like a sliding hinge that allows you to open and close your mouth.
TMJ disorders may be referred to as a temporomandibular disorder (TMD) or a temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD).
If you experience pain in your jaw, have restricted jaw movements or experience noises during jaw movement from the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), you likely have a temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Constant headaches and even migraines can be caused by TMDs.
Although a TMD is not life-threatening, it can be detrimental to your quality of life, because the symptoms can become chronic and difficult to manage.
The treatment for TMDs can be very simple and may include the use of an occlusal splint and/or muscle relaxants.