How is TMJ Diagnosed?

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Diagnosis for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD) is made primarily through evaluation of the patient’s medical history along with a clinical examination in accordance with the guidelines set by The American Association for Dental Research. In addition, medical tests may be performed. Generally, TMJ diagnosis occurs after careful evaluations regarding:

  • Your medical history: TMJ patients can expect a thorough medical history that is not limited to TMJ/TMD symptoms, but includes all aspects of their medical history. In many cases, diagnosis can be aided by the identification of other health conditions that often coexist with TMJ disorders.
  • Your physical health: A clinical examination of the face, head and neck will take note of the location of any pain or tenderness, sounds like clicking and popping, tooth wear and alignment, and the condition of the musculature of the jaw. The physical manifestations of TMJ can vary significantly, so it is important to seek the expertise of a neuromuscular dentistry professional.
  • Clinical test results: Medical tests may be performed to help assess to position of the teeth and jaws, which can include dental X-rays, a CAT scan, or MRI, and ultrasound. Other testing may be needed to rule out other conditions like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or gout and provide the best TMJ/TMD treatment.

Without treatment, TMJ can lead to the development of more serious dental problems, so if you think you may suffer from TMJ, please contact Dentonics today by calling 412-487-6910. We serve patients in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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