Question

What assessments need to be completed before a diagnosis of TMJ can be made?

Answer

 

An individual with jaw pain should undergo a screening exam that should include “a radiographic examination of the teeth, jaws and the temporomandibular joint and the utilization of transcranial and pantomographic views or tomography of the temporomandibular joint. If internal derangements are suspected after initial muscle therapy is attempted, arthrograms (with radiopaque dye injected into the joint space), CAT scans, or nuclear magnetic resonance imaging may be utilized as diagnostic aids.”

 

For additional information see reading assignment: “Treatment Concerns” written by: Thomas P. Hand, DDS, PA.

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