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There is a common misunderstanding when it comes to what TMJ is.  The abbreviation “TMJ” stands for temporomandibular joint. Everyone is born with two jaw joints – one on each side.  Disorders or diseases of TMJ are labeled under the TMD umbrella.

TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder.

The difference between the two is simply that TMJ refers to the joint itself, while TMD refers to disorders characterized by inflammation or misalignment of the TMJs, ligaments and facial muscles.

Chronic pain and lack of proper sleep robs people of the ability to enjoy life, negatively impacts relationships, work, and contributes to poor health. There is nothing more rewarding to me as a medical professional than to be able to help patients and restore their quality of life.

Dr. Tanya Kushner