Causes of TMJ
The Key to the Right Treatment
To find relief from TMJ pain, you need to get the right treatment. To get the right treatment, you need an accurate diagnosis. And the only way to get the right diagnosis is by working with a team that understands the jaw joint. You need a team of experts who work together to make sure you only get the treatment that works.
At PRECiDENT, we take diagnosing TMJ disorders seriously. We know how pain affects your life. And we want to help you find relief. That’s why we take an orthopedic, collaborative approach when diagnosing TMJ disorders. And we keep you informed along the way so you always have all the information you need to make the best decisions for your health.
An Orthopedic Approach to
Diagnosing TMJ Disorders
One of the reasons TMJ disorders are often misdiagnosed is that we forget to treat the TMJ like a joint. The truth is the TMJ is like the other joints in your body. It has tendons. Ligaments. There are muscles around it. So, when we try to diagnose TMJ disorders we need to take an orthopedic approach. This just means we treat the TMJ like a joint.
If you were to hurt your knee, for example, your doctor would examine the knee by taking X-rays and really looking at what’s wrong with the joint. We need to diagnose TMJ disorders in the same way. Simply prescribing a mouthguard and telling people to reduce stress just isn’t enough. Our goal is to help you find the treatment you actually need. And we do that by approaching the TMJ like a joint.
Diagnosing TMJ Disorders: Our ProcessOur orthopedic, collaborative approach to TMJ disorders affects how we diagnose them. We don’t cut corners or hand out knee-jerk prescriptions. We want to make sure we only prescribe treatments we know will work. We start by gathering information about your symptoms and medical history. It helps if you can keep a journal of your symptoms before you come to your consultation. Any information you can give us will help us get a better idea of what we’re dealing with. Then, we perform a physical examination of your jaw joint. This involves feeling the joint. We’ll listen for any clicks or pops as you open and close your mouth. We’ll also take some images of the joint using an X-ray or MRI, which allows us to see what the joint looks like. We often take our time to make sure we thoroughly diagnose your TMJ disorder. The time we take ensures you are able to walk away from our clinic with a plan for how to relieve your jaw joint pain.
Working Together to Diagnose TMJ DisordersThe complexity of the jaw joint means working with an entire team of experts is essential. Many times a physician will be an expert in one part of the jaw joint. So they only focus on that one aspect. And in doing so they end up missing things that someone else might easily see. That’s why you end up spending time and money bouncing around between different specialists. But what if you could find a place that brought all of these specialists together under one roof? Well, that’s what we’ve done at PRECiDENT. We believe in taking a collaborative approach to TMJ disorders. We’ve brought the best minds in the TMJ world together to diagnose your jaw joint pain. By working together to diagnose TMJ disorders we make it possible for you to find the relief you’ve been looking for.
How We Diagnose TMJ Disorders: We Won’t Waste Your Time
We believe that you deserve to live your life without jaw joint pain. And that affects how we diagnose TMJ disorders. When we diagnose TMJ disorders we take the time to get it right. We don’t want you to waste time and money on treatments that don’t work. So we won’t recommend something unless we’re sure it’s right for you.