Your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn.

Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as tempopmandibular disorders (TMD). But you may hear it wrongly called TMJ, after the joint. We don’t know what causes TMD. Dentists believe symptoms arise from problems with the muscles of your jaw or with the parts of the joint itself.

Injury to your jaw, the joint, or the muscles of your head and neck — like from a heavy blow or whiplash — can lead to TMD.

We this this complaint frequently. Often a dentist is treating with a mouth guard as the patient is clenching while sleeping. Acupuncture has its classic points and most of the time they are effective.