Temporomandibular joint tmj disorders affect the temporomandibular joint located on each side of your head in front of your ears a soft cartilage disk acts as a cushion between the bones of the joint so the joint can move smoothly. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction tmd tmjd is an umbrella term covering pain and dysfunction of the muscles of mastication the muscles that move the jaw and the temporomandibular joints the joints which connect the mandible to the skullthe most important feature is pain followed by restricted mandibular movement and noises from the temporomandibular joints tmj during jaw movement. Temporomandibular disorders tmd occur as a result of problems with the jaw jaw joint or tmj and surrounding facial muscles learn more from the experts at webmd. The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull when this joint is injured or damaged it can lead to a localized pain disorder called temporomandibular joint tmj syndrome or temporomandibular disorder tmd causes of tmj disorders include injury to the teeth or jaw misalignment of the teeth or jaw teeth grinding or clenching poor posture stress . Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders commonly called tmj are a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and muscles that control jaw movement researchers generally agree that the conditions fall into three main categories myofascial pain involves discomfort or pain in the muscles that control jaw function
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