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Diagnosis

In our office, major emphasis is placed on the initial diagnosis.  Due to the myriad of symptoms that can be related to a TMJ problem, it is vital that the original diagnosis be as accurate as possible.  This enables us to treat the patient in the shortest amount of time and to gain the greatest results.

At your initial visit, we will take an extensive medical history along with a complete charting of current symptoms and previous treatments by other professionals.  In some cases, an impression for a Mandibular Decompression Appliance, or MDA, is taken.  When inserted, this soft, vinyl mouthpiece will relax painful muscles, help correct jaw and neck posture and will help to determine the source of the TMJ problem.  Finally, you will have time to ask questions and you will be scheduled for the appropriate diagnostic testing.  The initial visit usually lasts about one hour.


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