How We Diagnose TMD

So many of our patients come to us completely frustrated after having endured years of pain with no idea what is causing it. One of the main issues with TMD is that so many of the symptoms are similar to other health problems and often get misdiagnosed or even ignored.

TMD affects each person differently. Some patients only report jaw pain and tension. Some experience headaches and neck pain. You may find that your jaw tends to pop and lock up when you open and close their mouth, or you may even get earaches or numbness in your fingers. Your TMD could be causing any combination of these issues, and if your GP has not been trained to recognize them as possibly the result of TMD, then you will likely not get diagnosed properly until you see a specialist.

Our pledge to our patients is to always listen to them and take every symptom into consideration when forming a diagnosis. No concern is too small, and no amount of pain irrelevant.

What to Expect at Your First Appointment

  1. You will get a thorough exam of your jaw, neck and head
  2. We will review your prior health and dental history and ask you about your symptoms
  3. The doctor will order the appropriate X-rays or tests to determine the severity of your condition
  4. You will receive a personalized treatment plan to address your symptoms as well as the underlying problem

Once your treatment plan has been devised, your doctor will explain everything in detail to make sure you understand every step involved and what to expect along the way. You are always encouraged to ask questions about your treatment plan at any stage. Our goal is to keep you well informed and as pain free as possible.