“TMJ” is short for temporomandibular joint (your jaw joint) and you have one located just in front of each ear. “TMJ” is often used to refer to PROBLEMS with the TMJ, also called “TMD” or temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Symptoms include jaw pain, stiffness in the jaw, headaches, worn or broken teeth and joint sounds. Most TMJ problems are related to the chewing muscles and are easily managed by a removable appliance or a limited “bite adjustment”. For the small percentage of cases that are actual joint problems more involved treatment may be indicated. As with most conditions, the sooner TMD is diagnosed the better the prognosis for treating it. In our office we evaluate for signs and symptoms of TMD in every patient as part of the new patient exam.