There are several ways to diagnose TMJ Dysfunction
Identifying temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction can be difficult because the symptoms can often present as other problems. In order to make a conclusive diagnosis of conditions affecting the TMJ, our Richmond dentist will perform a comprehensive review of the patient’s medical history. If required, we may also need to perform medical imaging and a physical examination.
How is a diagnosis of TMJ Disorder made?
Assessment and examination of a patient’s TMJ can determine if temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is present. The assessment may also include consultation with the patient’s treating doctors to rule out other causes. Checks to diagnose TMD include:
- Examining the jaw joint for pain and tenderness
- Listening for clicks, pops or grating sounds with jaw movement
- Examining your teeth and the alignment of the jaw joints
- Checking for issues like high fillings, displaced teeth, cavities & uneven surfaces on your teeth
- Testing the bite alignment
- Checking for grinding and teeth clenching
- Measuring mouth opening
- Checking for problems with facial muscles
- Examining muscles around the shoulders, arms and back
- Full face X-rays, CT or MRI scans to view the jaw and TMJ
- Ruling out other conditions such as infection, ear disorders, nerve related problems & headaches in consultation with the sufferer’s doctor.
Have you been diagnosed with a TMJ Disorder?
If you have been diagnosed with a TMJ disorder, a specialist dental practitioner may be able to help you. For a comprehensive assessment of the TMD treatment options available to you, book an assessment with us today.