The most common TMJ problem is a TMJ headache. It mimics a migraine and lots of physicians accidentally believe that it is migraine. Both migraine and TMJ headache have familial ties. Mom usually had these types of headaches too. Both migraine and TMJ headache are located in the temples. However, TMJ headache is a muscular problem and does not respond to migraine medications.
Clicking or popping is also a TMJ problem. This is where the disc inside the jaw joint becomes loose and floppy rather than staying firmly on top of the lower jaw attachment. It's a floppy disc. This abnormal movement of the TMJ disc causes instability in the joint and the muscles try to hold the damaged joint in place. However, muscles are not designed to function like a joint and they become painful.
A TMJ problem does not necessarily make sense. Some patients have neck and back problems because the body is trying to stretch into unusual positions to protect the sore joint. It is very common for TMJ sufferers to have pain in the very back and bottom of the head since these small muscles often are attempting to pull the front of the head up to stretch open a sore joint. Since a sore TMJ is painful, many TMJ patients also have difficulty sleeping.
Dr. Mark Allan Padolsky is an Atlanta TMJ Dentist who enjoys helping his patients eliminate their TMJ problem. 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.