The TMJ Evaluation is a detailed exam of your bite. During the evaluation the doctor will examine how the jaw moves on opening and closing and how the teeth come together. Many factors can affect the bite, such as missing or tilted teeth. Posture can also affect the bite; therefore the doctor may observe your walk and standing posture.
An important part of the exam is putting pressure on the muscles which move the jaw (both externally and internally), as well as the muscles of the neck, shoulders and upper back. The doctor may check for jaw joint sounds using a stethoscope or place fingers along the jaw to track movements of the jaw. After the evaluation the doctor will explain in detail the treatment that will improve your symptoms.
By Alvaro Ordonez, DDS
January 13, 2015