TMJ is acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint (the joint that connects the jaw to the skull.) Because the temporomandibular joint involves many elements: muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, connective tissue, and the teeth. TMJ can affect all of these elements, causing a wide range of symptoms:

  • headaches, especially in the morning
  • earaches, especially in the morning
  • migraines, especially in the morning
  • tinnitus (ringing sound in the ears)
  • neck and shoulder pain
  • cracking, popping or grating sounds when opening or closing the mouth
  • jaw pain or tenderness
  • trouble or discomfort biting or chewing
  • dizziness
  • Causes