How Is TMJ Disorder Diagnosed?
If you suffer from chronic jaw pain, ringing in the ears, and severe headache, you need qualified dentists who have experience with neuromuscular disorders. Cincinnati dentists Dr. Tara Hardin and Dr. Gary Hardin have undergone extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ dysfunction.
Temporomandibular disorder (TMD or sometimes TMJ after the affected joint) is a disruption of the relationship between the upper and lower jaw. When the connective joint doesn’t function properly it limits range of motion in the jaw and creates painful pressure in parts of the face.
Along with facial pain, another common symptom of TMJ disorder is a clicking or grating noise when moving the jaw. To determine if these symptoms are tied to the TMJ, Dr. Tara and Dr. Gary will evaluate you using tests like:
- X-rays of your teeth
- CT scan or MRI for detailed imaging of bone and soft tissue
- Testing pressure points in the face for signs of discomfort
- Observing movement of your jaw
- Listening to your jaw as you open and close it
Our advanced K7 Evaluation System can complement these initial tests with exceptionally detailed data on the motion, function, and alignment of your bite. All of this information can help our dentists determine whether or not you’re suffering from TMJ dysfunction and the best possible treatment options for your particular case.
To learn more about TMJ diagnosis and treatment, please contact Hardin Advanced Dentistry or call (513) 234-5531 to schedule a personal evaluation. Dr. Tara and Dr. Gary serve patients throughout the Greater Cincinnati area and in Mason, Ohio, along with Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana.