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i think i have tmj syndrome? how do i get tested?

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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
See your dentist: Start with seeing your dentist. The history and exam are imperative to help determine if you indeed haver tmj/tmd. Then they can hopefully take care of your problem or refer to someone who can.
Dr. Andrew Killgore
Cosmetic Dentistry 16 years experience
Tmj syndrome: Begin with a general dentist who has done extra training in the subject. There are practitioners that limit their practice to this area but there are no ada defined specialists in this area.Tmj actually is a description of the area-the joint. Tmd more carefully describes temporomandibular disorders.
Dr. Tony Menendez
Prosthodontics 37 years experience
FIRST THINGS FIRST: You should have a comprehensive exam and proper radiographs then try reversible procedures like orthotic guards first before considering surgery.
Dr. LOIS BROWNING
Dentistry 36 years experience
Start with your dentist, and they will either be able to treat or refer to the appropriate specialist.
Apr 7, 2013
Dr. Don Millner
Cosmetic Dentistry 43 years experience
See an orthodontist!: A well trained orthodontist, one who knows occlusion, with a 3d cbct , ..... Not your "run of the mill" 20 bays of children, all delegated assistant treatment type ....Will hopefully take the time to find the causative issue. This can be said for any well trained dentist who understands occlusion/bite. A night guard at best is palitative care and at worse could lead to more severe issues.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
See an OFP for TMJ: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain. Earache, tight facial muscles, clicking and popping, headache and jaw pain are common symptoms. See an orofacial pain practitioner or your dentist for a consultation and management of the TMJ.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
A few things: Common TMJ symptoms: pain/tenderness of face, jaw joint area, ear, neck and shoulders, limited mouth opening, jaws that get "stuck" or "lock" in the open- or closed-mouth position, jaw joint clicking, popping, or grating sounds, , painful chewing, ear symptoms (hearing loss, imbalance, ear ringing, stuffiness). Complicated problem to sort out. See a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon.

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