The TMJ is an abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint. This is the joint where the jaw and skull intersect. Numerous painful problems can occur because of the dysfunction of this joint. It is estimated by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research that 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ problems to some degree.
Physical stress, trauma, misaligned bite and emotional trauma can all cause TMJ dysfunction. This usually leads to clenching or grinding of the teeth. The accumulated pressure and pain can over time cause other problems to develop.
TMJ problems can be found by some of these symptoms: