Diagnosing and Testing

Diagnose

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Listen to and feel your jaw when you open and close your mouth.
  3. Observe the range of motion in your jaw.
  4. Press on areas around your jaw to identify sites of pain or discomfort.
  5. 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.

2014-02-07 TMJ Facts