How to Diagnose TMJ Disorder

Your temporomandibular joints control your jaw’s movement by hinging your lower jaw, or mandible, to your skull. You can feel the joints if you place your hands on both sides of your jaw as you open and close your mouth. If they’re disturbed, you can also feel the discomfort that TMJs cause, not only in your jaw, but throughout the rest of your craniofacial structures, too. To accurately diagnose TMJ disorder, you’ll need a professional assessment from your TMJ experts. Before scheduling a visit, however, you can determine if your symptoms are likely the cause of a jaw dysfunction by analyzing your symptoms.

Look for the Signs

Like any dental health issue, jaw dysfunctions are most-often recognized by their symptoms. Unfortunately, the signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder can be so varied and obscure that you might not realize where they originate. If you experience any one or combination of these symptoms, but haven’t found an accurate diagnosis to explain them, then you may have a TMJ disorder;

  • Popping and/or clicking jaw joints
  • Sore jaw and facial muscles
  • A tendency to grind your teeth
  • Chronic headaches, even migraines
  • Pain and ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

Seek a Professional TMJ Diagnosis

If your discomfort seems likely related to jaw dysfunction, then we can more thoroughly diagnose your TMJ disorder during your scheduled appointment. During your examination, we’ll determine your teeth and jaw’s alignment, and whether or not your bite requires readjustment. If so, we’ll recommend an appropriate treatment, such as orthodontic treatment to straighten crooked teeth or a mouthguard to help your jaws rest more comfortably. In severe cases, oral surgery may be necessary to correct a malformed jaw or other oral structures.


    To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with one of the experts at the Comfort Dental Group, then contact us today by calling our office at (248) 474-6434. We welcome patients living in and around Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Northville, Westland, and Dearborn Heights, MI.

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