The temporo mandibular joint connects the lower jaw which is also called the mandible to the bone at the side of your head—the temporal bone. When you place your fingers in front of your ears and open your mouth, you should feel feel the joints. The jaw can move up and down and side to side because these joints are flexible, allowing us to talk, chew and yawn. There are muscles attached to the jaw joint and surrounding it which control its position and movement.
The temporo mandibular joint is among the most complicated joints in the body because of its ability to hinge and slide. The tissues making up this joint are also different than those in other load-bearing joints in the body. Because it is so complex in its makeup and ability to move, the jaw joint and surrounding muscles can create serious problems for the patient and challenges for the healthcare provider if problems occur.
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