TMJ dysfunction is when the parts within the temporomandibular joint do not work well. The word beginning dys- means bad and function is how something works. There are many causes including accidents involving the head and malocclusions often due to nasal obstruction and allergies. Whatever the reason for the TMJ problem, it is often painful for the TMJ patient.
TMJ dysfunction is also called TMJ syndrome because it often presents with a number of the same signs and symptoms in many patients. However, there are many related medical conditions that seem to go hand in hand with this syndrome. The jaw joint is often not the sole cause of all the symptoms.
TMJ dysfunction can be difficult to understand. Unfortunately, the temporomandibular joint is unusual compared to the rest of the joints in the human body. It can rotate, slide and pivot side to side and is capable of many complex movements. This makes sense since eating is necessary for survival and having a jaw joint that makes many different types of motions helps us eat and survive better.
Dr. Mark Allan Padolsky is an Atlanta TMJ Dentist who enjoys helping his patients with TMJ dysfunction. 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 404-876-8123 to schedule your appointment.