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Did you know, the joints on each side of your face are important to eating and talking? As a result, if they become sore or inflamed, it is important to seek treatment right away. Drs. Goodman and Kim in Beverly Hills, California, are happy to help you understand more about your TMJ’s so you can decide if coming in for treatment is right for you.

Your temporomandibular joints, which are also known as TMJ’s are located on each side of your face. The joint includes muscles deep into the face and also includes a ball and socket that works to open and close your mouth as you eat, talk, or move your jaw in any way. Usually, this joint can feel very sore or tight when you first wake up or try to eat and talk. Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMD, is a health condition that inflames this joint and causes pain.

There are many causes to jump start TMD, such as stress, jaw alignment, arthritis, injuries, tooth alignment, teeth grinding while you sleep, and the dislocation of the jaw. The first step to overcoming this unique condition is always to seek diagnosis, so your dentist can find the right treatment for your specific needs.

If your jaw feels sore and you need help, please come visit Joseph Goodman, DDS, DMD at our office or call and schedule an appointment at 310-734-4557. Our team is trained to assist you with your TMJ pain and help you find the best course of treatment for your individual needs.