The Temporomandibular Joint
The Academy of General Dentistry estimates that approximately 10 million Americans struggle with problems associated with the TMJ, also known as the temporomandibular joint. This joint allows patients to open and close their mouth. It is considered one of the most complex joints in the body, and functions around several ligaments, muscles, and bones. A disc between the ball and socket enables the jaw to function properly. However, the jaw joint can malfunction and cause a condition called TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder.
Many healthcare providers such as a Primary Care Physician or ENT can recognize a patient with TMJ disorder. However, many times it is initially seen by a dentist. With a thorough dental history, Dr. Kim will discuss treatments which will allow TMJ patients to reduce pain and discomfort.
If you are interested in seeing a dentist with experience in TMJ/TMD treatments, contact Dr. Kim at (708) 349-3990 to schedule a consultation.