Until you experience jaw pain, the abbreviations TMJ and TMD are most likely meaningless to you. However, once you experience the intense discomfort associated with TMJ and TMD, you will want and need to understand the difference between these commonly confused acronyms. Let’s set the record straight!
TMJ: The Temporomandibular Joint
TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bone. Though you probably didn’t know it by name, you’re most likely familiar with the temporal bone located in the front of each ear. When your TMJ works properly, it allows you to move your jaw up, down, and side to side. Most people take their TMJ for granted as they smile, yawn, chew, and talk without any pain or difficulty. Continue reading “TMJ and TMD: What’s the Difference?”