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Old 02-13-2009, 04:08 AM   #1
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Does anyone know of a TMJ specialist in Melbourne, Australia?

Hi everyone

Over here there doesn't seem to be any TMJ clinics or TMJ specialists, like there is in the US. At the moment I have just seen an ordinary dentist & an oral surgeon in relation to my limited opening of 1.5 -2 cm. The dentist basically couldn't do anything- he made me an occlusal splint, but I think all it does is protects my teeth from my grinding. I also clench, so I don't think the splint helps with that as my lower teeth can bite into the splint. He referred me to the surgeon as he couldn't do anything for me. I then went to the oral surgeon, hoping he'd have some conservative treatments. But he just jumped to arthroscopy & there is no way that I'm doing that at this stage & especially as I haven't been locked for that long.

If there is anyone that knows of any TMJ specialists in Melbourne or even anywhere in Australia, please let me know. I have been doing internet research & can only find general dentists that say they 'deal with TMJ problems'- but who knows how much they actually know. I want to find someone that is conservative & deals only with jaw problems.

Any recommendations would be much appreciated!

 
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Old 02-28-2010, 04:52 AM   #2
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Re: Does anyone know of a TMJ specialist in Melbourne, Australia?

Hi violet89
There is a physiotherapist by the name of Mark Latimer in Melbourne who specialises in TMJ problems. You will find him at Active Health Solutions in Doncaster East.

 
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Re: Does anyone know of a TMJ specialist in Melbourne, Australia?

There's a TMJ dentist and orthodontist called Derek Mahony in Australia. I don't think he's in Melbourne though. I don't know him, as I am in the UK, but he seems to be well respected by the TMJ dentists here in the UK.

 
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Re: Does anyone know of a TMJ specialist in Melbourne, Australia?

Hi---I looked on the ICCMO website for you, and there are 7 dentists listed..call each office, and make sure that they have practiced at least 10yrs., and also practice Neuromuscular dentistry, and also are a Functional Jaw Orthdontist as well as a Tmj specialist. Their practice must consist of at least 50% tmj related IMO....If you need help with all that, just send me a line. Hopefully one of them has trained at the Las vegas Institute, here in America..

 
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:35 PM   #5
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Re: Does anyone know of a TMJ specialist in Melbourne, Australia?

Hi Violet89,

I see Prof. Alestair Goss in Adelaide. He's an Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon. I've found him to be very good. He has helped me immensely, and will put you through all conservative treatments before even thinking of surgery. Obviously you'll need a referral and you can claim your consult on Medicare.

Good luck!
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Old 03-05-2010, 11:11 PM   #6
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Re: Does anyone know of a TMJ specialist in Melbourne, Australia?

hi there was a tmj spec that i was initailly recommended to go to from melbourne. he apparently goes to NZ and to my city. i however went to a nureomuscular dentist in auckland, but having issues of not bieng able to do phase two so may be in splint forever.....anyway called Ajith Polonowita....i remember googling and the dentist came up..

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