in Atlanta, GA (Buckhead)
As you open and close during chewing, speaking, and swallowing this complex joint and its associated muscles are put in function, When all the elements are in harmony this joint operates smoothly and without pain.
However, an abnormality in this system may result in difficulty in opening, clicking, popping or grating noises, and in many cases moderate to severe pain. TMJ disorders can develop if these elements are not functioning as they should, or if stresses, trauma or other factors generate TMJ problems.
Patients who suffer with these symptoms are diagnosed as having a TMJ disorder
The temporoman dibular joint, or TMJ, is a small joint located in the front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. This joint allows the lower jaw (mandible) to move and function, and is the most constantly used joint in the human body. The TMJ is a “ball and socket” joint, and the round end, or “ball” portion, is called the condyle; the socket is called the articular fossa. Between the condyle and the fossa is a disc made of cartilage that acts as a cushion to absorb stress and allows the condyle to easily move when the mouth opens and closes.
Come in today for a consultation. Our Atlanta dentists will give you an exam, review and discuss the x-rays taken of your jaw, diagnose your condition, and give you dental treatment options from the most economical to the best and everywhere in between.
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