The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located just in front of each ear, where the lower jawbone (mandible) connects to the skull. This “ball and socket” joint allows the jaw to move up and down, from side to side, and in complex circular motions. The TMJ helps people eat, swallow and speak, in addition to supporting the jaw.
TMJ pain can be relieved by wearing a night guard to prevent the patient from grinding their teeth. Dr. Daughters custom fits guards to your mouth and unlike over the counter guards, these will not move your teeth out of alignment, which can exacerbate the problem.