Diagnosis of TMJ

The first step in the management of TMJ disorders is to determine that the concern is not another type of medical or dental problem behaving as if it were a TMJ problem.

This determination is made following a TMJ Screening Appointment that includes a preliminary clinical examination of the jaw joints, muscle system, bite, and teeth; completion of a thorough TMJ history form and screening x-rays of the teeth and jaw joints.

We also advise patients to seek a concurrent proper medical exam from a medical doctor (ideally an ENT) to rule out the presence of medical problems which may be occurring in combination with or disguising themselves as TMJ problems.

Following a TMJ Screening Examination, a preliminary diagnosis can be rendered. If the preliminary diagnosis is TMJ disorder, then further tests will be indicated to identify the exact nature of the problem, and to assist in developing a treatment strategy.