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TMJ Disorder: Exam by a doctor

What to expect when a dentist evaluates your jaw joint

Written by South Florida dentist Dr. Jeffrey Lissauer, serving Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Palm Beach

Many health professionals help in the treatment of TMJ Disorder, including dentists, ENTs, and neurologists. You should start by visiting your dentist for a thorough evaluation, where you can discuss all of your symptoms.

The examination will begin with gathering your medical history, including medications, past surgeries, and allergies. The dentist will evaluate many factors, including but not limited to:

  • Biting forces: proper distribution of forces, worn down teeth
  • Joint movement: ability to open, close and move your jaw properly
  • Jaw joint sounds: clicking, popping, grinding, crepitus
  • Neck and jaw muscle: soreness, tiredness, aches, tenderness
  • Posture: neck, head and back posture
  • Teeth: Cavities, biting problems, signs of grinding or clenching

Numerous diagnostic tools may be utilized if necessary, such as X-rays, MRI, CT scan, and other joint analysis tests.

For more information on dental evaluations, check out Dr. Lissauer’s blog post all about comprehensive dental exams.

About my experiences helping patients with TMJ Disorder

After attending and teaching at Tufts Dental School, I moved to south Florida with my wife Joanne and have been practicing in the Delray and Boynton Beach area for over 25 years. Each year, more new patients come to my office for treatment of TMJ Disorder. The disease is certainly becoming more prevalent. Some dentists attribute this to the elevated stress levels in America, while others believe patients are just more apt to seek care. Regardless, if you experience symptoms, my strongest advise is to seek a professional opinion. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a TMJ evaluation, please feel free to contact us

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