Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Painful TMJ Evaluation

The evaluation of TMJ disease begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with TMJ disease may include:

  • Tenderness over the temporomandibular joint
  • Swelling of the temporomandibular joint
  • Abnormal motion of the temporomandibular joint:
    • When opening and closing the mouth

Tests are not necessary to make the diagnosis of TMJ disease.

Tests that may be used to evaluate TMJ disease include:
  • Dental x-rays of the teeth and mandible
  • Temporomandibular joint arthrogram:
    • Injection of dye into the joint prior to x-ray
  • Arthroscopy of the TMJ joint
    • A tiny fiberoptic scope is used to examine the inside of the temporomandibular joint
  • MRI scan of the TMJ

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Last Updated: Jan 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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