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how to diagnose tmj disorder

How to Diagnose TMJ Disorder

Temporomandibular joints, also commonly referred to as TMJ are some of the joint muscles in the face. They are located near the ear, at the point where your jawbone meets your skull. The TMJ is the joint used to open and shut your mouth, heavily moved while eating or speaking. So when this joint begins to severely ache and cause massive pain, it is a serious problem.  

If you are experiencing pain in your TMJ often, you should seek dental attention, as soon as you possibly can – you may be experiencing the discomfort from a TMJ disorder. There are many reasons you could be experiencing the pain. Most common, TMJ causes come from arthritis, dislocation, or grinding of the teeth from stress.  

When you go to a doctor for medical attention, they will run a series of tests on you to ensure they treat the correct thing. There also are tests you can perform on yourself before seeing your doctor, to make sure you are describing the proper symptoms. The tests you as well as your doctor will perform are basic, but they do the trick. When you or they are making sure it is in fact the TMJ you are feeling the pain from, they will touch the side of your jaw for any swelling or tenderness. Another test you may go through is seeing if the jaw is making any noise when it is moved. After a few rounds of different checks, your doctor may diagnose you with TMJ disorder.  

If you are experiencing these symptoms, and have been diagnosed, treatments you may be advised to follow include:
  • Exercising the jaw muscles
  • A night guard to stop grinding your teeth
  • Or even muscle relaxers
  If these treatments do not work in your situation, your dentist then may need to do a jaw adjustment or reshape your teeth for the proper bite. See your dental medical professional if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms. It is important to take care of your overall health, so schedule a consultation.