TMJ is an abbreviation for Temporomandibular Joint. These two joints connect the lower jaw to the temporal area of the head. This joint is immediately in front of your ear. You can feel it move when you open and close or wiggle your jaw. The lower jaw and the jaw joints are a complex system of cartilage, muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones, lubricating fluids, discs, and teeth.
The first step is to determine that your concern is not another type of medical or dental problem behaving like TMD.
This determination is made following an initial TMD Screening Visit that includes the completion of a thorough TMD history form, digital x-rays of the teeth, possible referral for x-ray of the jaw joints, and a preliminary clinical examination of the jaw joints, muscles, bite, and teeth.
We may also advise patients to seek a concurrent medical exam from a medical physician to rule out the presence of medical problems which may be occurring in combination with or disguising themselves as TMD problems.
Following the TMD Screening visit examination, if the preliminary diagnosis is TMD disorder, then further tests may be indicated to identify the exact nature of the problem and to assist in developing the most appropriate treatment strategy.
Please read more about the Causes of TMD and TMD Treatment. To schedule your free initial consultation in the Minneapolis and Golden Valley, Minnesota area, please contact us today. You can be free from painful TMD disorders!
Valley Square Office Center
7575 Golden Valley Rd – STE 240
Golden Valley, Minnesota 55427