What to Expect for Your First TMJ Diagnosis Appointment?
What is a TMJ questionnaire?
Questions may include:
• Do you experience any clicking, popping, or grinding sounds when you open and close your jaw?
• Do you have any pain, ringing, pressure, or fluid buildup in one or both ears?
• Do you clench your jaw or grind your teeth during your sleep or while you're awake?
• Do you find it difficult to open your mouth fully?
You may also be asked when the symptoms began, how severely they impact your daily life, and if there is any activity or time of day during which the pain is worse.
How are psychological factors assessed in TMD?
What is the different diagnostic imaging used in TMJ evaluation?
Why was I recommended x-rays for TMJ evaluation?
What is panoramic radiography (OPG)?
Why is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) prescribed for TMD?
Can teeth-clenching cause TMD?
How will my TMJ Diagnosis be evaluated in the clinic?
• Our dental team will obtain your detailed medical and dental history and history of any previous trauma.
• Dr.Adatrow will evaluate the opening of the patient's jaw by measuring the distance between the upper and lower front teeth
• The doctor will examine the muscles around the patient's jaw joint by touching them (palpation), checking whether there is any pain or soreness in the muscles when palpating.
• He will palpate your TMJ by asking you to open your mouth by 1-1.5 inches and assess whether there is any pain or tenderness while doing the same.
• He will feel for any TMJ sounds by placing a finger over your TMJ when you open and close your mouth.
What is a health history evaluation?
• Get regular dental check-ups and ensure that dentures or braces are correctly fitted and cleaned (and clean dentures thoroughly every night).
• Stop smoking or chewing tobacco.
• Chewing sugarless gum and sugar-free sweets will also prevent the mouth from drying out.
• Keep your mouth moist by drinking water and chewing sugarless gum or sugar-free hard candy to promote the production of saliva. Eat a diet of foods that need to be chewed thoroughly to keep saliva flowing. Foods that need a lot of chewings, such as apples or carrots, are good choices.
• Over-the-counter mouthwash may help kill bad breath causing bacteria and may temporarily mask bad breathing odors but may not treat the underlying cause.
•Drinking water will hydrate you and moisten your mouth too.