What is TMJ? TMJ stands for Temporo-Mandibular Joint. Seen here:
As you may have inferred from the name, the Temporo-Mandibular Joint is the joint that exists where your temporal bone meets your mandible, or lower jaw. If someone is experiencing pain in this area they may or may not have TMD, or Temporo-Mandibular Disorder.
Generally speaking, most people who do experience pain in this area automatically jump to the conclusion that they are experiencing TMD pain. However, the symptoms of TMD are rather broad and can be a signal for many other issues. Because of this reason, it is important to visit your dentist for a diagnosis, to rule out the possibility of other, more serious dental problems.
TMD is generally more common in females than in males and it generally occurs between the ages of 20 and 40. Just like any other joint in the body, the TMJ is subject to wear and tear, which is one of many causes of TMD.
There are many household remedies or therapies to alleviate the pain that is caused by TMD. And extreme cases may need to be fitted for a mouthguard to prevent clenching, grinding, etc. But, TMD has been known to cause misaligned jaws, unevenly worn teeth, and other problems that may be fixed or lessened with adult orthodontic treatment.
So, if you experience pain and you suspect that it may be caused by TMD, it is important to get a diagnosis from your dentist to assess what steps and treatment may help you in the future.