A TMJ(Temporomandibular Joint) or TMD(Temporomandibular Disorder) clinician has many ways that he can determine the cause of TMJ dysfunction. Below are just some of these.
- History- When seeing a TMJ clinician, much of the diagnosing will come from the history that you provide. He will ask you to fill out a questionnaire that pertains to your TMJ problem. It is very important that you read it carefully and fill it out completely so that the clinician can make the proper diagnosis.
- Listen to and feel your jaw when you open and close your mouth.
- Observe the range of motion in your jaw.
- Press on areas around your jaw to identify sites of pain or discomfort.
- If your doctor or dentist suspects a problem with your teeth, you may need X-rays. A CT scan can provide detailed images of the bones involved in the joint, and MRIs can reveal problems with the joint’s disk.