Temporomandibular Joint/Orofacial Pain

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WHAT IS THE TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT OR TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint immediately in front of the ear that connects the lower jaw to the skull.  This joint allows you to talk, chew, and yawn.  The muscles surrounding this joint control the position and movement of the jaw.  Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) is an umbrella term which covers all types of conditions related to the temporomandibular joint.

WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT DISORDERS?

  • Painful, stiff, or sore jaw joint and muscles
  • Limited movement of the jaw
  • Painful clicking of the jaw joint
  • Clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Earaches
  • Headaches

WHAT IS OROFACIAL PAIN?
TMJ / Orofacial Pain
Orofacial pain is a broader term that includes temporomandibular joint pain as well as any type of pain in the teeth, mouth, or the face.

WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF OROFACIAL PAIN?

  • Unexplained or persistent tooth or gum pain, even after dental treatment
  • Migraines
  • Tension type headaches and neck pain

Our Treatment Philosophy and Therapies

Dr. Kim will take an extensive history of your concerns and complaints and perform a thorough clinical exam during the first appointment. Dr. Kim believes that understanding your pain is the first step to getting better. Next, we will devise a holistic treatment plan to effectively take control of your diagnosis.