10 doctors weighed in:
Will TMJ MRI really be helpful?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
An MRI scan assess the hard and soft tissues of the TMJ.

In brief: Yes
An MRI scan assess the hard and soft tissues of the TMJ.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
Thank
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
An MRI of the TMJ will allow your surgeon to evaluate the meniscus and determine its position relative to the other joint components and muscles.

In brief: Yes
An MRI of the TMJ will allow your surgeon to evaluate the meniscus and determine its position relative to the other joint components and muscles.
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Thank
In brief: YES and NO
A MRI is really valuable, especially when the symptoms with tmj/tmd are not subsiding- especially an open or closed lock- (cannot close or limited opening.
) the severity of the trauma, if any, usally can dictate whether an MRI would help support a diagnosis. If there is locking or popping, then you pretty much can assume a disk (right, left or both) is displaced forward.

In brief: YES and NO
A MRI is really valuable, especially when the symptoms with tmj/tmd are not subsiding- especially an open or closed lock- (cannot close or limited opening.
) the severity of the trauma, if any, usally can dictate whether an MRI would help support a diagnosis. If there is locking or popping, then you pretty much can assume a disk (right, left or both) is displaced forward.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Thank
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry
In brief: MRI for TMJ
Advanced imaging of the jaw joints, including mri, is only recommended when there is a significant deformity, a significant alteration in function, failed conservative therapy or if surgery is being contemplated.
Routine mris of the tmjs are not needed and not indicated.

In brief: MRI for TMJ
Advanced imaging of the jaw joints, including mri, is only recommended when there is a significant deformity, a significant alteration in function, failed conservative therapy or if surgery is being contemplated.
Routine mris of the tmjs are not needed and not indicated.
Dr. Steven Bender
Dr. Steven Bender
Thank
Dr. James Bates
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: Yes!
A TMJ MRI is really the only way to visualize the structures of the temporomandibular joint without surgery.
There are some reports that ultrasound comes close in some circumstances, but it's not widely available. An MRI will show disc displacement, fluid collections, arthritis, muscle impingement, condylar degeneration and degeneration of the disc or bone. An MRI is necessary for TMJ surgery.

In brief: Yes!
A TMJ MRI is really the only way to visualize the structures of the temporomandibular joint without surgery.
There are some reports that ultrasound comes close in some circumstances, but it's not widely available. An MRI will show disc displacement, fluid collections, arthritis, muscle impingement, condylar degeneration and degeneration of the disc or bone. An MRI is necessary for TMJ surgery.
Dr. James Bates
Dr. James Bates
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Board Certified,
46 years in practice
16M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors