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Shell wrote at 2011-12-31 16:07:30
Oh how well I know this story.  $7K in dental work and jaw guards, now it's down to pulling teeth that are so ground down it's ridiculous.  Calcified ligaments, gums etc.   Tinnitus, pain insomnia.....and my family Dr. discharged me from his practice...haha


Melissa wrote at 2013-05-06 16:46:28
I have had similar problem with jaw and has been diagnosed as a torn ligament. The dentist did do X-rays but was able to diagnose the torn ligament with a physical exam of jaw even prior to X-ray. I am currently in the day and night brace and just waiting until I have the money for the second phase of treatment . I would see if you can do a payment plan that's what my doctor offered. The longer you put it off the worst those muscles in jaw,neck and head will spasm. It may be worth seeing if you can travel to dr Clifton Simmons he has conducted extensive studies with Vanderbilt and is an expert on this treatment. It has also been partially covered by my medical insurance since tmj is a medical problem not necessarily just dental. Hope you get some relief soon  


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Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired

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I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and I am available to answer questions related to tooth extractions, implant insertion, facial recontruction, facial and oral tumor removal, TMJ dysfunction and various successful treatments, including surgery if all else fails, and occlusal discrepancy requiring orthognathic or jaw surgery.

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Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicine for over 20 years. Assistant Clincal Professor and State University School of Dentistry.

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American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

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BA -University of Connecticut DMD - University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

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National Honor Society (OKU), Philadelphia County Dental Society, Mosby Book Award, Oral Surgery Honors, Summa Cum Laude

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