Temporomandibular joint or TMJ disease is estimated to affect 30 million Americans, with approximately 1 million new patients diagnosed each year. Although many of these patients can be managed with nonsurgical therapies, some patients require surgical intervention.
The TMJ is a unique joint in that it does not function independently but works in tandem with its contralateral joint. Therefore, disease affecting 1 joint can either directly or indirectly affect the functioning and health of the contralateral joint.
When surgical intervention of the TMJ is required, proprietary computer software can convert a CT scan of the TMJ to a 3D model by mapping the articular surface of the joint and defining the area of disease. This 3D model is used to create a custom 3D printed implant and surgical instrumentation that is unique to each patient.