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    Temporomandibular (TM) joint

    Temporomandibular (TM) joint

    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 a person opens and closes his or her mouth.

    The TM joints are stabilized by muscles and ligaments that attach directly to the jawbone. They are separated by a disc made of cartilage, called the articular disc. This keeps the two bones from rubbing together.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
    Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry

    Current as ofOctober 18, 2016

    Current as of: October 18, 2016

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry

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