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Diagnosis of Temporomandibular Disorders (TMJ & TMD)

Because many other conditions can cause similar symptoms – including a toothache, sinus problems, arthritis, or gum disease - Dr. Chase will conduct a careful patient history and clinical examination to determine the cause of your TMD symptoms.

He will examine your temporomandibular joints for pain or tenderness; listen for clicking, popping or grating sounds during jaw movement; look for limited motion or locking of the jaw while opening or closing the mouth; and examine bite and facial muscle function. Sometimes panoramic X-rays will be taken. These full face X-rays allow Dr.Chase to view the entire jaws, TMJ, and teeth to make sure other problems aren’t causing the symptoms. Sometimes other imaging tests, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or a computer tomography (CT), are needed. The MRI views the soft tissue such as the TMJ disc to see if it is in the proper position as the jaw moves. A CT scan helps view the bony detail of the joint.