Who Needs TMJ Treatment? - PDQ® Evaluation

Not everyone who has a clicking or grinding sound from their TMJ needs treatment. There are several measures as to who needs treatment.  One of the easiest guides is to use my PDQ® Evaluation.  If you do not have one of the three elements of the PDQ® Evaluation, then you probably do not need TMJ treatment.

Pain upon opening your mouth, eating food, swallowing, talking, or yawning

Dysfunction – which means an inability to open your mouth fully to normal opening without problems and cannot move your jaw in all directions without hindrance

Quality of life – which means that your TMJs are causing you a negative change in your quality of life (your friends make fun of your jaw popping, etc.)

This method actually makes sense. If you have no pain, how can a health care provider relieve your pain? If you have no problem in moving your jaw, how can a health care provider make you move better? If you have no negative change in your quality of life from your TMJs, how can a health care provider improve this?

If you do have some or all of the above PDQ® Evaluation components, then you may need to seek care with a dentist who diagnoses and treats temporomandibular disorders and craniofacial pain. The level of care you will need is generally based upon your severity and complexity of symptoms.


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