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The temporomandibular joints connect the jawbone to the skull.Located at the sides of the head near each ear, these joints play an essential role in eating, speaking, and making facial expressions.
In fact, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most frequently used and complex joints in the entire body.
TMJ disorder can develop when one or both of the temporomandibular joints stop functioning properly. This may happen due to any number of causes and may result in chronic ear pain, jaw stiffness and soreness,difficulty opening the mouth, jaw popping or clicking, and headaches.
Sufferers of TMJ disorder may experience either sharp pain or a dull, constant ache.