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TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT DISORDERS (TMD, TMJ) Your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn. Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). But you may hear it wrongly called TMJ, after the joint. What Causes TMD? We don't know what causes TMD. Dentists believe symptoms arise from problems with the muscles of your jaw or with the parts of the joint itself. Injury to your jaw, the joint, or the muscles of your head and neck - like from a heavy blow or whiplash - can lead to TMD. Other causes include: SM-CL1985286 Grinding or clenching your teeth, which puts a lot of pressure on the joint Movement of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket of the joint Arthritis in the joint Stress, which can cause you to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth Presented as a service to the community by Dr. Barbara Webster 1121 Warren Ave., Suite 130, Downers Grove, IL 60515 630-663-0554 TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT DISORDERS ( TMD , TMJ ) Your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull , which are in front of each ear . It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side , so you can talk , chew , and yawn . Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders ( TMD ) . But you may hear it wrongly called TMJ , after the joint . What Causes TMD ? We don't know what causes TMD . Dentists believe symptoms arise from problems with the muscles of your jaw or with the parts of the joint itself . Injury to your jaw , the joint , or the muscles of your head and neck - like from a heavy blow or whiplash - can lead to TMD . Other causes include : SM - CL1985286 Grinding or clenching your teeth , which puts a lot of pressure on the joint Movement of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket of the joint Arthritis in the joint Stress , which can cause you to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth Presented as a service to the community by Dr. Barbara Webster 1121 Warren Ave. , Suite 130 , Downers Grove , IL 60515 630-663-0554