These joints have an importance way beyond their size. After all, where would we be if we couldn’t move our mouths?
When working correctly, the TMJ is a beautifully efficient example of natural dynamics. It enables us to eat, talk, and display a range of human emotions – smiling in particular – and, when looked after, it should last the required life time of the owner.
However, when things go wrong for the TMJ, problems can rapidly arise. Here are a few afflictions that can be traced to a dysfunctioning TMJ: