The TMJ joint is extremely complicated. The Temporal bone is located at the base of the skull and that is where the jaw, called the mandible, attaches, thus the name of the joint. Many people mistakenly call TMJ Disorder simply TMJ, which is just referring to the joint, not the disorder that causes discomfort. It is not known exactly what causes TMJ Disorder, also known as TMJ Disease or TMJ Syndrome, but there are several theories. Many believe that it is caused by badly aligned joints and TMJ treatment is aimed at fixing this.
The TMJ joint is interesting in that it each joint is separated into two different parts. There are two TMJ joints, one on either side but because of the articular disc each joint has two separate and distinct parts called condoyles. This allows for an amazing range of articulation but it can also lead to problems. TMJ problems can also damage the ligaments and this in turn can cause even more problems.
If you believe you are experiencing problems with the TMJ joint you should see a TMJ dentist immediately. TMJ symptoms include jaw clicking or popping, grinding noises, grinding noises and tooth grinding that causes tooth sensitivity. TMJ treatment focuses on properly aligning the joints and making sure that the articulation is correct. Our TMJ treatment plans generally includes TMJ guards, jaw exercises and jaw massage. The guard works by correcting your bite and taking the strain off the joints. The exercises make sure that the jaw is opening and closing properly.
If you are interested in learning more about the TMJ joint and would like to speak with an Atlanta TMJ dentist consider Dr. Mark Allan Padolsky. Dr.Padolsky is an Atlanta TMJ Dentist who enjoys helping his patients find their TMJ joint problems. Of course, you are welcome to join his family of patients. He offers both initial ( Phase 1 ) TMJ treatment and can also restore the bite if a patient desires it ( Phase 2). If you have a TMJ problem and would like schedule a TMJ consultation with Dr. Padolsky, please call 404-874-7428 to schedule your appointment.