You can help your healthcare provider in the diagnostic process by gathering certain information in advance. Bring this information to your first appointment for a faster path to pain management.
Preparing for Your First Appointment: TMJ Disorder
Keep a symptom journal
Your journal is a record of your related symptoms, including when they occur, what you feel might have contributed to the occurrence, and any factors that seem to exacerbate or alleviate the symptoms. Pay attention to any pain or discomfort you experience in and around the jaw, face, temples, and ears, as well as any difficulties with jaw movement, clicking sounds, or headaches.
Prepare your medical history
You’ll be asked for your medical history, including any injuries to the jaw or face, history of teeth grinding or clenching, and any other health conditions that appear to cause or exacerbate symptoms.
What to Expect
Your FPS provider will conduct a thorough physical examination of your jaw and facial area to assess range of motion, tenderness, and signs of inflammation.
In some cases, the provider may order diagnostic imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRI, to get a detailed view of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and surrounding structures.
If a diagnosis of TMJ disorder is confirmed, you’ll work closely with the provider to develop a personalized treatment plan. This plan may include lifestyle modifications, pain management strategies, physical therapy, and/or the use of oral appliances.
For answers to your questions about TMJ disorder, talk with your FPS provider.