What Kind of Doctor Treats TMJ?

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Because of the many symptoms associated with TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, several specialists may be required in its diagnosis and treatment. These specialists include dentists, primary care physicians, oral surgeons, ear nose and throat doctors, neurosurgeons and pain management specialists.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder affects the joints, muscles and ligaments that connect the jaw to the skull. According to Medline Plus, symptoms include headache, poor bite alignment, jaw pain and clicking or popping when the mouth is opened. Medline Plus further states that the first step in diagnosis is made after a thorough exam. Tests may include an MRI or CAT scan as well as traditional, x-rays. Patients may need to see more than one specialist for treatment.