At TMJ Treatment Atlanta, the initial consultation consists of an hour with each patient. The doctor spends a good deal of time listening to the patient in order to obtain a thorough history of the problem. He will examine the patient’s head and neck, recording their sensitivity level to jaw pain and facial pain. The doctor will listen to the patient’s TMJ’s on opening and closing to evaluate a popping jaw, measure range of motion and test the muscles in the head and neck for sensitivity. The doctor will also check the patient’s neck for tenderness and possible problems. He will thoroughly explain to the patient how the TMJ works, how it can be damaged and the ramifications of such damage. Depending on the symptoms of the patient, the doctor quite often will recommend a week of TMD treatment to determine the major source of their problem. If the patient is suffering from facial pain or jaw pain, this week of treatment will hopefully be a week of therapy as well. If the pain is mostly muscle in origin, this week will usually decrease symptoms for the patient.
The doctor treats his patients in the most conservative possible way that will help them to become pain free and functioning. TMJ Treatment Atlanta’s goal is to help the patient figure out exactly what is wrong and to render to them a correct diagnosis. It takes time to do that. It will also take commitment on the patient’s part, as well as a desire to get better in order to achieve a more comfortable balance with their head and neck.