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How do you diagnose TMD?

A thorough examination may involve:

  • A dental examination to show if you have poor bite alignment
  • An MRI (http://health NULL.nytimes NULL.com/health/guides/test/mri/overview NULL.html) of the jaw area
  • Feeling the joint and connecting muscles for tenderness
  • Pressing around the head for areas that are sensitive or painful
  • Sliding the teeth from side to side
  • Watching, feeling, and listening to the jaw open and shut
  • X-rays to show abnormalities

In some cases, the results of the physical exam may appear normal.

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