Temporomandibular Joint

Temporomandibular Joint

"TMJ" is short for temporomandibular joint, a complex set of joints which attaches the lower jaw to the skull.

The TMJ is:

Important for many activities:

  • chewing
  • talking
  • swallowing

A very complex joint:

For the TMJ to work smoothly, muscles, bones, ligiments,and teeth must all work together. The TMJ allows your jaw to:

  • open and close
  • move side to side
  • move forward and backward

It also affects the flexability of your neck and shoulders.