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A temporomandibular joint, also called a TMJ, is designed to keep your mouth working effectively by influencing speech and by opening and closing your mouth at a variety of angles and directions. TMJs allow for the proper chewing of foods that occurs within our mouths. For more information, take the following temporomandibular joint quiz:

What is a temporomandibular joint disorder?
a.) Damage to your ball and socket joints in your joint associated with jaw movement
b.) Broken or damaged teeth caused by grinding your teeth
c.) A sleep disorder caused by stained teeth
d.) An illness associated with crooked teeth

True or False: Heat packs can help alleviate pain in your jaw.
a.) True
b.) False

True or False: Temporomandibular joints play a role in chewing and opening and closing your mouth.
a.) True
b.) False

What causes temporomandibular joint disorders?
a.) A breakdown in the mechanism of your temporomandibular joints and associated muscles, ligaments, discs, sockets, and connective tissues
b.) Discolored teeth
c.) Broken dental crowns
d.) Cavities

Answer Key: a, a, a, a

If you would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Celeste M. Eckerman at our dentist office in Minden, Nevada, please call us at 775-782-2799. Our team at Celeste M. Eckerman DDS LLC looks forward to keeping your oral health in pristine condition.