TMJ Diagnosis

Discover Causes and Plan Treatments

How do I find out?

It can be frustrating to deal with headaches, dizziness, or any of the other symptoms associated with TMJ disorders. Many people are unsure about whether or not they have this type of disorder in the first place. Getting an accurate diagnosis is the first step toward understanding the severity of one’s condition and to finding treatment.

Observations and Radiographs

There are a number of techniques professionals can use to gather information about a person’s TMJ. The first is to observe signs like body posture, functional limitations to head and neck movement, jaw position and function, teeth alignment and function, muscle tenderness, and more. Health Care Professionals look for signs and symptoms that can help determine whether a person has a TMJ disorder and how serious it is.

Radiographs can also be used to take a detailed image of the jaw joints and see if any misalignment is present.

Tools to measure how teeth contact, how muscle function and even how the jaw tracks in movement all can add valuable information about the status of TMJ dysfunction. While no two healthcare professionals use the exact same protocol for diagnosis and/or treatment, the goal is always to have an accurate overall impression of body function and dysfunction to help determine a course of action for the patient.

Observations and Radiographs

There are a number of techniques professionals can use to gather information about a person’s TMJ. The first is to observe signs like body posture, functional limitations to head and neck movement, jaw position and function, teeth alignment and function, muscle tenderness, and more. Health Care Professionals look for signs and symptoms that can help determine whether a person has a TMJ disorder and how serious it is.

Radiographs can also be used to take a detailed image of the jaw joints and see if any misalignment is present.

Tools to measure how teeth contact, how muscle function and even how the jaw tracks in movement all can add valuable information about the status of TMJ dysfunction. While no two healthcare professionals use the exact same protocol for diagnosis and/or treatment, the goal is always to have an accurate overall impression of body function and dysfunction to help determine a course of action for the patient.

Photos and Testing

By taking pictures of the head, neck, jaw, and teeth, a more detailed understanding of a person’s situation can be demonstrated to the patient. An accurate TMJ diagnosis involves understanding all of the factors contributing or being affected by the TMJ disorder. A visual exam helps determine whether the condition is present as well as figuring out how serious it is.

Testing with functional limitations, bite timing and balance, muscle activity and health can also be done to help determine how to best coordinate treatment and which health care professional should be involved.

Getting Treatment After a TMJ Diagnosis

After discovering how severe a patient’s TMJ disorder is, the healthcare professional is able to suggest techniques and procedures to correct the issues. Massage, stretching, hip and/or cervical alignment, bite alignment and/or dental appliances can treat TMJ disorder issues. Getting a proper TMJ diagnosis is the first step to resolving the issue.

TMJ.Today provides in-depth information about TMJ disorders for both patients and physicians. Click here to find out more.

Getting Treatment After a TMJ Diagnosis

After discovering how severe a patient’s TMJ disorder is, the healthcare professional is able to suggest techniques and procedures to correct the issues. Massage, stretching, hip and/or cervical alignment, bite alignment and/or dental appliances can treat TMJ disorder issues. Getting a proper TMJ diagnosis is the first step to resolving the issue.

TMJ.Today provides in-depth information about TMJ disorders for both patients and physicians. Click here to find out more.

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