Cause of TMJ
The cause of TMJ is almost always one or both badly aligned temporomandibular joints. The lower jaw extends upward into the TM joint and forms the condyle, a football shaped bone. When a TMJ patient bites his or her teeth together, the bite forces one or both of the temporomandibular joints backwards into the ear. This forces the TMJ disc forward and stretches the ligaments that hold this disc. Badly damaged ligaments can cause the disc to flop on and off of the bony condyle which makes popping and clicking noises.
The cause of TMJ headaches is almost always muscular. The jaw muscles are attempting to stabilize the TM joints and they just are not able to do this job. This causes lots and lots of effects that combine to form the TMJ Syndrome of signs and symptoms. All TMJ treatment is aimed at eliminating these signs and symptoms so that patients can live healthier more pleasant lives.
In some cases, the cause of TMJ is a traumatic accident that damages the ligaments of the joint. Ligaments have exact lengths and can not stretch. They're like ropes that hold the joints together. When the ligaments are overstretched, they tear or lengthen without returning to their normal shape.
Dr. Mark Allan Padolsky is an Atlanta TMJ Dentist who enjoys helping his patients find their cause of TMJ 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.