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Many TMJ remedies fail. And even if they work, they don’t last. Discover why.

Recognizing TMJ Symptoms

Common TMJ Disorder Symptoms in the head, jaw, ears, teeth, and neck

Discover what’s wrong with your TMJ and why you have symptoms. Get a clear plan to fix it.

You know your TMJ isn’t working properly but don’t know where to start to fix it. We’ll show you exactly what to do and how to get a detailed plan to fix it.

The most obvious TMJ symptoms are clicking and popping in the jaw, locking of the jaw and pain when you open, close or chew your food. Other obvious TMJ symptoms include grinding sounds in the joint, pain around the temple or tightness or fatigue in the muscles of the jaw.

Yet, there are less obvious symptoms that still come from TMJ dysfunction. So, you may not be feeling pain for the reason you think. This category includes headaches, migraines, neck pain, ear pain, ringing in the ears, vertigo, and blocked stuffy ears.

 

When you don’t have a way to identify what’s wrong with your TMJ, you get stuck in an endless cycle of symptomatic relief.

We’ve seen it happen to too many patients. You don’t know how to fix your TMJ so you end up trying one idea after another hoping something will work. In the end, you waste a ton of time, effort and money chasing symptoms, with nothing to show for it.

Here’s why.

You see, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) can go undiagnosed by many physicians – which is why if the underlying cause of the pain is misdiagnosed, you won’t get better.

 

The truth is most TMJ remedies don’t work.

If the problem is misdiagnosed, the solution won’t work. This sounds so obvious, yet large numbers of doctors and patients alike rush headlong into treatment, sometimes with powerful drugs and yet a correct diagnosis was never made.

Even if you have a great doctor, your treatment will fail if your TMJ symptoms aren’t diagnosed properly.

At the Atlanta Center for TMJ, we’ll give you a treatment plan that works. Your custom plan will guide you through what’s causing your TMJ symptoms, the correct diagnosis and a detailed plan on how to fix it, using our proprietary MIRO Therapy®.

All with no shots, drugs or surgery. And results so effective, they’re unconditionally guaranteed.

What is the cause of TMJ symptoms and disorders?

The number one cause of TMJ symptoms and disorders is a misalignment of the temporomandibular joints caused by a poor bite relationship (how your teeth fit together).

Even though your bite may feel perfectly comfortable and natural to you… your bite may not be properly aligning the ball in the socket of your TMJ. Keep in mind, it can be off by as little as a tenth of a millimeter and still be enough to cause severe pain and symptoms.

 

What’s the risk of leaving TMJ untreated?

Simply stated… TMJ symptoms worsen left untreated. It’s no different than ignoring symptoms in our knee, hip, shoulder or any other joint in our body. They get worse over time.

As the TMJ disorder continues, more damage occurs. The bones can degenerate, muscles become damaged, fatigued and weakened. Nerves become inflamed. Mechanical function in the joint becomes impaired.

 

How can I get relief for my TMJ?

Successfully treating your TMJ doesn’t have to be complicated.

First, get the correct diagnosis. Make sure your TMJ symptoms are diagnosed by a TMJ specialist who knows how to properly identify your symptoms and their true, underlying cause.

Second, get the correct plan of treatment. At the Atlanta Center for TMJ you’ll get both. Our plan will work for you.

We’ve successfully treated thousands of cases and they all started with one thing.

A correct diagnosis.

 

Take the guesswork out of treating your TMJ.

At your consultation you’ll meet one-on-one with the guy THE WALL STREET JOURNAL calls, “One of the most sought after TMJ specialists in the world.”  Dr. Fred Abeles. The best part? He’ll make sure your TMJ symptoms are diagnosed properly the first time.

Here’s what your one-on-one consultation will do for you:

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Are you tired of experiencing pain?

Our easy step-by-step process has helped countless patients just like you recover quickly… and prevent joint damage.

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Say goodbye to pills or shots. And say goodbye to clicking, popping or locking.

No more fear

Enjoy foods you previously avoided. Open wide again without fear.

Guaranteed results

Have confidence. You’ll love your results. Or your money back.

“Dr. Abeles and his staff have been nothing short of miracle workers to relieve my TMJ symptoms. I highly recommend them to anyone suffering from TMJ. Their knowledge, compassion and treatment are incomparable!”

-CASSANDRA BARNES, M.D.

“My husband and I joke that if the house caught fire, we wouldn’t run in to save the photos and memories. We’d run through the fire to get my orthotic! It has truly changed my life. I can’t believe Dr. Abeles was able to correct my TMJ without surgery.

Thank you Dr. Abeles for giving me my life back and correcting my TMJ!”

-ALLISON MURPHY

“After just two weeks of wearing my bite appliance all of my TMJ symptoms went away. I feel like I’ve gotten my life back.

I forgot what it felt like to feel normal! I couldn’t be happier with the results of my treatment. Dr. Abeles and Angie have changed my life and I am so grateful!”

-RACHEL WYNN

“The top authority on TMJ diagnosis and treatment.”

– USA Today

No shots ever

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We understand how frustrating it can be to be dependent on shots or pills.

By 2025 there will be 5 billion prescriptions dispensed in the US. All with harmful side-effects.

Our approach is different. And it makes a difference.

We only use functional therapy to relieve TMJ pain. Why?

Unlike shots and drugs which temporarily mask symptoms, MIRO Therapy® treats the underlying cause of the pain once and for all.

We’re done with shots, drugs and surgery.

We avoid them and still get amazing results.

“I consider them a miracle in my book of life!”

– April Rogers

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  • Get a long-term solution to your pain without shots, drugs or surgery

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The warning signs are everywhere

If we could leave you with just one thought today, it’s this… don’t ignore your symptoms.

Our job is to give you the information we’d most want if our roles were reversed. That’s why we’ve repeatedly preached here – don’t ignore your symptoms. Most people have no idea how much damage is occurring when their joints are clicking or popping.

“MY ONLY REGRET… I DIDN’T FIND THEM SOONER!”

– KIM COURSEY

TMJ CLICKING AND POPPING

Many people struggle with jaw clicking or popping. But most don’t realize the damage occurring to the joint behind the scenes. The click or pop is the warning signal the joint isn’t working correctly. Many ignore it… at their own peril.  

Take a few minutes and read the, admittedly, long description below. You’ll be glad you did. You’ll understand what’s actually happening in your joints.

Now, you can make an informed decision whether you still want to ignore your clicking and popping or not.

POPPING OR CLICKING JAW

Jaw-clicking or popping is the result of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). Symptoms of pain and muscle tightness resulting from TMJ may be exacerbated by grinding, clenching, or chewing gum. If jaw-clicking or popping is ignored, it may result in bone rubbing against bone causing further joint deterioration.

If one or both of your jaw joints pop or click when you open or close your mouth, there’s a problem. As with any joint in our body, whether it be a shoulder, knee or hip, we should be able to go through a complete range of motion without any pain, impingement, or popping in the joint.

Any sound in the joint upon movement is one of the first warning signs that the joint is not functioning properly.

Unfortunately, if the condition is allowed to continue for a period of time, the consequences may worsen.

TMJ ANATOMY 101

First, some basic anatomy to help you to visualize and understand what goes on in your TMJ. The TMJ is a joint formed by the meeting of the temporal bone of your skull with the condyle of your mandible. Translation: Your lower jaw is called the mandible. It ends in the area in front of your ear with the condyle. Let’s call the condyle the “ball” of a ball and socket joint. The base of your head has the articular eminence and fossa of the temporal bone. Let’s just call that the “socket.”

Press two fingers of each hand on your face directly in front of your ears. Now open and close. You’ll feel the TMJ joint working.

The two bones (condyle/ball and temporal bone/socket) come together at the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). As in any joint in our body, there should not be bone rubbing or hitting against bone or else both parts of the bone in the joint will break down and become arthritic, sclerotic and deteriorate.

THE SHOCK ABSORBER

There is a little fibrous disc or cushion between the two pieces of bone to prevent them from rubbing against each other and causing pain and breakdown.

Picture in your mind a Lifesavers candy. It’s a bi-concave disc, thinner in the center and thicker on the edge. No, your TMJ disc is not a Lifesavers candy, but it will help you visualize the disc. It’s thin in the center and thick on the edges.

We bring our teeth together thousands of times every day as we speak, chew and swallow. No matter where we move our jaw the little disc between the two bones is supposed to track with it, staying between the two bones, protecting them from rubbing or hitting against each other. In a normally functioning TMJ joint this is exactly what happens. The little disc always stays between the ball and socket, protecting the bones, acting as a little cushion to prevent any breakdown.

IF THE BITE AND TMJ AREN’T IN SYNC

However, if the bite (where our teeth fit together) and the TMJ joint are not in sync with each other, then the muscles, tendons and ligaments that move and position the jaw are stressed.

Think of it this way. If you have a chair and one leg is shorter than the other three, then no matter how you position the chair, three legs touch down and up leg is up. They’re never all in sync. Something’s always out of balance, out of whack.

Same with the TMJ. If the bite (where our teeth fit together) and the TMJ position are not in harmony, then the muscles, tendons and ligaments that act on the TMJ and the TMJ disc, are not in balance either. Here’s what happens…

When someone opens their mouth, the “ball” (condyle of the mandible) rotates and slides downward against the “socket” (articular eminence of the temporal bone of the skull). The little “shock absorber” disc is supposed to track and stay between the two bones.

THE DEFINITIVE POP OR CLICK

But when the TMJ and the bite are not in balance, the muscles pull the disc forward out of place. This most often occurs when the condyle/ball is positioned too far backward and this condition is called an ‘anteriorly displaced disc.’ Now, when the person opens their mouth the ball/condyle slides down and forward and tries to go back on the disc. As the condyle rides over the thicker back edge of the disc there’s a pop or click. That’s what you feel and what is happening when you open. The ball went back onto the disc temporarily. Unfortunately it’s supposed to be on the disc all the time.

Then when they close, the condyle/ball goes backward and up and it slides off the disc. Once again, as the ball rides over the thicker back edge of the disc, there is a pop or click. We call this a reciprocal click. It means there’s one click as they open and get back on the disc, and a second click when they close and ride back off the disc as it gets pulled forward out of place.

Most people just feel or hear a click or pop when they open. Some feel both. So what’s all the fuss over a little click or pop? Here’s the problem…

If it’s allowed to continue over a long enough period of time, one of two things will happen. 

  • The disc can become perforated.
  • The disc will be displaced.

Let’s go over each result.

DISC DEGENERATION AND PERFORATION

First, the disc can become damaged or perforated. If, instead of staying in proper place between the two bones and acting as a cushion/shock absorber, the disc is constantly being pulled forward out of place, and we ride on and off the disc thousands of times every day, eventually the disc gets worn out, worn through and perforated.

If this occurs we now have bone hitting on bone and the joints themselves begin to deteriorate and there can be severe pain when opening or closing the jaw. We can see the damage caused to the ball and socket in a special image called a CBCT scan.

In the beginning stages of destruction of the TMJ we may see a flattening of the condyle or a beaking of the condyle. In the later stages of deterioration there can be complete arthritic destruction of the condyle requiring a condylectomy or surgical removal of the condyle.

DISC DISPLACEMENT

The second problem is that the disc can become displaced forward. We call this an ‘anteriorly displaced disc without reduction’. Translation: the disc is stuck in front of the ball and socket and does not go back into place when we close our mouth.

The ligaments that reposition the disc into place can eventually become lax (fatigued, stretched, worn out) and lose the ability to position the disc in its proper place between the condyle and fossae (ball and socket).

If the disc is constantly being pulled forward out of place, the ligament that is supposed to keep it in place stretches abnormally when the disc is out of the ball and socket. Eventually it just gives out. Now the disc is stuck in front of the condyle and fossae preventing the TMJ joint from working properly.

A common scenario that someone reports is this… They had a joint that was clicking and popping. One day the clicking/popping stopped. Shortly thereafter they wake up one morning and can’t open their jaw more than an inch or so. This is called “closed lock.” Translation: the disc is stuck out in front of the ball and socket preventing the condyle (ball) from rotating and gliding down the articular eminence (socket). There’s an obstacle in the way… a roadblock (the disc.)

Besides the extremely limited opening range of motion from an anteriorly displaced disc, the other sign we see is that the lower jaw when trying to open, may not track straight down when opening, but instead deviates to one side. In essence the condyle (ball) is trying to get around the obstacle (disc) so it deviates off its normal path trying to find a way to get around it (which it can’t.)

Again, over time the bones of the TMJ (ball and socket) now begin to degenerate since the shock absorber (articular disc) is no longer between them to protect them from rubbing against each other. As with the perforated disc scenario, the condyle can become, flattened, beaked or resorbed.

DISC RECAPTURE

As in any other part of our body, the longer something is allowed to degenerate and stay in a diseased state, the more difficult it becomes to return to a normal healthy state and the chance of the condition becoming chronic and irreparable increases.

In the early stages of disc displacement, the disc can sometimes be “recaptured”. Translation: The disc can be repositioned back in place between the condyle and fossa. The longer it has been displaced, the less the chance of recapture.

It can be repositioned by restoring balance between the TMJ joint and the bite to achieve relaxed muscles that allow normal function without pulling the disc back out of place every time one opens and closes. This is accomplished by the use of a bite splint (orthotic) that allows the jaw, teeth and TMJ all to be in harmony and balance with one another, so the muscles that position the jaw are no longer at war with the TMJ joint and disc.

In the later stages, the disc can only be repositioned by surgery or not be able to be recaptured at all.

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You know your TMJ needs help. But you don’t know how to make it better. And you feel overwhelmed by the conflicting treatment advice.

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    These symptoms typically are not isolated, unrelated problems. They’re usually symptoms of a single, larger underlying problem.

    The TMJ is the only joint in the human body that’s entirely positioned by where teeth come together. If the bite aligns the jaw joints incorrectly, and the discrepancy can be as small as a few hundredths of an inch, the muscles of the head and neck that have to stabilize and support the jaw joints in that position can fatigue, stress or spasm.

    Often upon close inspection, the bite may be misaligning the lower jaw and jaw joints resulting in the muscles of the head and neck creating tremendous pain. And the tendons, ligaments, articular disc and condylar head can be malfunctioning as a result of the faulty bite.

    So clicking, popping, locking, limited range of motion, headaches, migraines, facial pain, neck pain and other symptoms many times are NOT separate, unrelated symptoms. They are signs of TMJ progression.

    Rather, they are a compilation of ONE underlying problem that many times has been misdiagnosed or completely overlooked in the past.

    Stop treating just the symptoms.

    There are many different treatment options available and just as many doctors to provide them. Everyone can tell you their remedy works miracles. How do you choose correctly? Who can you trust?

    With everyone stating their way is the best way, finding the right treatment can be difficult. Choose the wrong doctor or receive the wrong diagnosis and it can result in wasted time and effort, not to mention money or worse yet, further damage.

    Here’s what it takes to achieve proper treatment results:

    Get THE ONE THING that matters most, right. Correctly identify the underlying tissue that’s causing the symptoms and dysfunction. Then – you can treat it successfully.

    Don’t settle for a treatment approach that only wants to address your symptoms but not the underlying cause. If you do, a far more serious problem occurs…

    The actual condition continues to deteriorate – unabated.

    There’s an important difference in our approach.

    Our Doctor

    Dr. Abeles is one of the most sought after TMJ experts in the world. He has decades of experience to identify and treat these symptoms and disorders successfully. And his therapy is so unique it’s unavailable anywhere else.

    His job is to make physiological connections that nobody else sees – to connect the dots better than anyone else – to get to the bottom of the problem once and for all.

    Our Diagnostic Process

    The amount of time we spend in the diagnostic phase before beginning treatment is unrivaled. We do this to be certain we get it right the first time.

    No misdiagnosis. No five-minute visit and handful of prescriptions. Only after a complete and thorough understanding of the entire system can a proper diagnosis be made. Treatment success hinges upon it.

    Our Technology

    Technology has revolutionized the diagnosis and treatment of these disorders. We use highly specialized computer analysis to understand the behavior and function of the jaw, temporomandibular joints and muscles of the head and neck right down to the tiniest nuance. No detail is overlooked.

    The secret behind our treatment success isn’t hard to understand…

    Stop guessing. Stop masking symptoms. Stop settling for an incomplete or hurried diagnosis. A shortsighted approach will not beat a comprehensive approach.

    It won’t come close. Consider this…

    We now possess the technology and knowledge to precisely determine the actual underlying cause of TMJ symptoms and dysfunction.

    Our proprietary MIRO Therapy® can successfully treat your TMJ, headache or migraine symptoms without shots, drugs or surgery.

    MIRO stands for mandibular, image-guided, rehabilitative orthopedics. To learn more about this breakthrough technology and treatment – TAP HERE.

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    WE’RE LOCATED IN MARIETTA

    Our office is located in Marietta, Georgia – even though our mailing address is Atlanta. Regardless, we serve not only Marietta, Kennesaw and Cobb County – but also all of the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. Patients routinely travel to us from all over the United States.

    NEAR OR FAR… WE’RE EASY TO VISIT

    Whether you live in Atlanta, Marietta, Sandy Springs or any of the surrounding metro areas, or you are traveling from out-of-town, just know we’re conveniently located right off I-75 and Windy Hill Road.

    WE’RE LOCATED IN MARIETTA

    Our office is located in Marietta, Georgia – even though our mailing address is Atlanta. Regardless, we serve not only Marietta, Kennesaw and Cobb County – but also all of the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. Patients routinely travel to us from all over the United States.

    NEAR OR FAR… WE’RE EASY TO VISIT

    Whether you live in Atlanta, Marietta, Sandy Springs or any of the surrounding metro areas, or you are traveling from out-of-town, just know we’re conveniently located right off I-75 and Windy Hill Road.