Know The Temporo-Mandibular Joint

The temporomandibular joint is a ball-and-socket joint comprised of three parts:

  • The ball, also known as the condyle

  • The socket, also known as the glenoid fossa

  • A small disc that sits in between the two

It functions as the “hinge” of your jaw and is located directly below your ears. Place your fingers on the jaw joint as you open and close your mouth. You can feel the jaw joint move as it opens and closes. Popping, clicking, or a painful sensation may indicate a problem.

David Core