TMJ Diagnosis & Treatment
How To Diagnos and Treat Patients
Diagnosing TMJ disorder
In order to diagnose TMJ disorder there are several quite simple muscle and joint palpation procedures. These cover the temporalis muscle, the masseter muscle, lateral pterygoid, medial pterydoid and the sternocleidomastoid.
Then proceed on to examining the TMJ itself. Map the key functions of the joint - including mouth open measurements, note any clicking when the jaw moves and palpate the joint to see if the patient experiences any pain. Pay close attention to whether one side of the patient’s muscles experience more pain than the other.
After these procedures are completed, the results recorded and analysed, the patient can then be issued with a TMJ Appliance™. Ask them to put the appliance into their mouth and relax for a few minutes. Once the patient is relaxed, go back and perform the same muscle and joint palpation procedures. Quite often, and much to the surprise of the patient (and sometimes the doctor), the muscles are less tender.
This is mainly due to two factors - the TMJ has been decompressed, and the forces of the tongue and lips pushing the mandible back have been stopped. Both of these factors occur instantly. The patient won’t be out of pain completely, but they may feel some relief.