The temporomandibular joint or the TMJ is the point at where the lower jaw connects with your skull; very small and very delicate and if you start to suffer from problems with it, it is also referred to as TMJ- a disorder in the joints. Now in a normal day, these joints do a lot of work; eating and talking, but the jaw is on the go all of the time and yet, thanks to the muscles and tissue that surround it, it copes very well with the average day. Almost every aspect of dentistry is aimed at protecting your bite, just so that your TMJ doesn’t have to go through any extra stress as you go about your life. However, if your jaw joints become damaged, the consequences are very severe and the knock-on effects can be disastrous. Teeth grinding and injuries from sport, for example can ruin these joints and from that, you can suffer from all manner of complications: your jaws may click and pop whenever you use them and biting problems, aching in the face, ear and head aches, migraines, tinnitus and damage in the shoulders are all associated with damage to your jaws and it may take some serious corrective surgery to put things right. If you have been woken up by these facts and want to know more detailed information on how to care and reduce the damage to your TMJ, you should contact Mulberry Dental of Walton-on-Thames, as they operate in the Sunbury area.