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The temporomandibular (TM) joints join the skull and lower jawbone. These gliding "ball and socket" joints are located just in front of each ear. They move when you open and close your mouth.
The TM joints are held together by muscles and other tissues that attach to the jawbone. The jawbone and the bone of the skull are separated by a disc made of cartilage, called the articular disc. This keeps the two bones from rubbing together.
Current as of:
July 1, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: July 1, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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