In order to determine the best course of treatment, an accurate diagnosis is imperative. Some or all of the following diagnostic procedures made be used to determine if you have TMJ Syndrome:
- A review of the patient's past medical and dental history in relation to the TMJ conditions, onset of pain, symptoms and contributing factors.
- Clinical examinations of the teeth and bite, and of the muscles of the jaw, head, neck, and shoulders to determine areas of tenderness.
- X-rays of the jaw joints in opened, closed, and rest positions.
- Casts (models) of the teeth and their chewing patterns.
- Analysis of the muscles used for chewing (muscles that move the jaw).
- Analysis of muscle activity in the jaw and neck.
- Recording of jaw joint sounds.
Results of these procedures help to determine if you have TMJ Syndrome and, if so, how to best treat it.