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Old 09-26-2003, 10:16 PM   #1
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Question Please Respond~What Does the dentist do when you go in and get evaluated for TMJ?

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I have an appt. with the dentist and I am wondering what he/she does when I go in to get evaluated for TMJ? Or can you please list what they did tou you? Thanks

 
Old 09-27-2003, 05:31 AM   #2
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at an initial consult, these are some of the things a dentist commonly does:

+ measures how wide you can open as well as how wide you can move to the sides.
+ muscle palpatation inside the mouth and on the face
+ listen to/feel the TMJs to see if there's any clicking, pain
+ asks about your medical history
+ asks about your current symptoms, if they've changed, etc
+ might do tomograms, xrays, joint vibration analysis, EMG

that's all i can think of right now..

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Old 09-27-2003, 08:42 AM   #3
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Thanks, Saaraah
I am going to go in for an exam to see whether or not I need a splint made. I was just curious about some of the things he/she would do. Thanks

 
Old 09-27-2003, 05:22 PM   #4
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At my first consultation she:
*felt/palpated my jaw muscles
*did a tomograph
*tried to determine my stress level
*questioned me about past injuries

 
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