Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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TM Disorder Anatomy

To better understand TMJ disease, it helps to understand the anatomy of the temporomandibular joint.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint between the jaw and the skull. The TMJ lies in front of the temple.

Anatomy examples:

  • The TMJ joint
  • Location of TMJ on face

Last Updated: Jul 14, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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