TMJ disorder occurs when your jaw joint isn’t working properly and can have many different causes. Although this may sound like a simple problem, its effects can be complicated and far-reaching.
Your jaw joint exists at a major crossroads of your body. It’s directly involved in eating, drinking, speaking, and breathing. Indirectly, the muscles that control your jaw help keep your neck in alignment and support your head. In addition, many of the major nerves and blood vessels from your ear run very close to your jaw joint.
As a result, TMJ disorder can cause many different symptoms.