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The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. Temporomandibular joint disorder means that the hinge connecting the upper and lower jaw isn’t working properly. This hinge is one of the most complex joints in the body, responsible for moving the lower jaw forward, backward and side-to-side. Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working as it should is called TMJ.