TMD is similar to a sliding hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. TMD disorders can cause pain in the jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.

To treat TMD disorders, first the cause has to be identified. In less severe cases TMD disorders can be treated with self-managed care (easting soft foods, using ice packs, avoiding extreme jaw movement) or nonsurgical treatments (anti-inflammatory medications, Botox injections, stabilization splints).