TMJ Diagnosis & Treatment
How To Diagnos and Treat Patients
Intra-capsular and extra-capsular
Patients with TMJ disorder exhibit many symptoms and so a common question is “What exactly is TMJ disorder?” It’s a cranio-mandibular cervical dysfunction. Symptoms range from a clicking joint, to more severe intra-capsular issues.
The majority of patients have a wide number of symptoms which affect the neck, head and shoulders. This can be confusing for the dentist who is not used to treating the areas outside of the mouth, but in actual fact treatment is still performed internally by correcting the myofunctional habits.
Most patients have both intra-capsular (related to the jaw joint and bone structure) and extra-capsular (related to the muscles of the face and neck) symptoms.
Patients often display both types of symptoms, and all vary in their severity. It can be difficult to effectively define and diagnose the problem.
Muscle and joint palpation exercises can be used to diagnose TMJ disorder.