What is TMJ?
Temporomandibular joint disorders, commonly called "TMJ," are a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement. Teeth, Jaw, and the Atlanto-axial joint (the area between the skull and the neck often injured in whiplash) form one of most interconnected areas of the body, in terms of postural and psychological reflexes. Only 5% of people in the Western world have normal TMJ function (Fonder, The Dental Physician). These imbalances result in uneven wear patterns and pressure on the teeth, joints, upper neck, and cranial sutures. Symptoms of TMJ syndrome are:
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