Causes of TMJ
An Accurate Diagnosis Is Essential.
TMJ disorders are often overlooked and misdiagnosed because it shares symptoms with other conditions.
At PRECiDENT, working with TMJ disorders is our primary focus. Our specialists have extensive experience and training in diagnosing TMJ disorders. The TMJ is like other joints and requires a medical, orthopedic approach when it comes to recommending non-surgical and surgical solutions.
We want to make sure we accurately diagnose your TMJ disorder. If you’re ready to take the first step in solving your TMJ disorder, we are here for you.
TMJ Diagnosis Step 1: Your Medical History
The first step in diagnosing your TMJ disorder is to get a detailed medical and dental history. Medical conditions, such as arthritis, or past injuries can help us come to a more accurate conclusion. Once we have a good understanding of your medical and dental history, we will be able to move on to the physical exam.
TMJ Diagnosis Step 2: Physical Exam
The next step in TMJ diagnosis is a physical exam. When you come in for a consultation, we will take the time to examine and listen to your jaw. As you open and close your mouth, we will listen for any grinding or popping. Because the alignment of your jaw is critical to its normal function, we will also carefully how the jaw and joint function together. We will ask you to move your mouth in a variety of ways while we feel for any misalignment.
Diagnosing TMJ disorders is difficult, so we will take our time to make sure we get the diagnosis right the first time.
TMJ Diagnosis Step 3: Imaging
After reviewing your medical history and examining your jaw, we may need to perform X-Rays, a CT scan, or MRI. Imaging can help us find the root of the problem, leading to a more accurate diagnosis and better treatment options. Our TMJ specialists are experts when it comes to the anatomy of the jaw joint. They will be able to see clearly from your scans whether or not you have any issues with your jaw joint.
Getting the Right Diagnosis for TMJ.
Having a TMJ specialist is crucial for making sure you get the right diagnosis for your TMJ disorder. Your diagnosis will affect the kind of treatment you receive. At PRECiDENT we belive very strongly in making sure your TMJ is fixed the first time. We are not interested in just treating symptoms. That’s why we put so much focus on proper diagnosis before even thinking about treatments.