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TMJ Jaw Joint Pain Ask The Dentist Chris McFarland Question:
I was diagnosed with TMJ when I was 10 years old. I am now 25 and it has turned into a very big problem for me.

When I was first diagnosed I received a shot with a very big needle into my jaw joint (I don't remember which side) and it didn't help at all.

I have had the special mouth guard made and I have been on pain meds and muscle relaxers. The problem has gotten worse.

I have to physically crack my jaw on both sides several times a day and I constantly hear grinding/crunching/grating noise anytime I open my mouth. What is it and what can I do to fix this horrible problem that NO ONE wants to address??? ...Visitor from PA

I'm sorry to hear that you have had such a long standing problem with your jaw.

We've been treating TMJ patients for 20 years and it is unusual that even if not cured, that your symptoms can't be controlled.

You didn't mention what types of diagnostic tests you have completed but on our patients we complete a three dimensional scan of your joint so we know exactly what's going on inside your joint.

Based upon the results of a scan analysis, we can then determine where to go next.

There are a few individuals that require surgery on their joints and to be honest, the problem you have now is that very few insurance companies pay for the surgery so only a few surgeons are well versed in the treatment techniques.

In Atlanta, we are lucky to have acess to all the diagnostic services and surgical backup when required. We typically arrange for all the tests to be completed at the time of a first evaluation, and then schedule a second visit when definitive treatments can be outlined and discussed.

Christopher McFarland, DMD
Atlanta Prosthodontist - Periodontist
2530 Lawrenceville Highway
Decatur - Duluth - Atlanta, GA
(770) 492-0256

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