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TMJ Self-Examination Checklist

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TMJ SELF-EXAMINATION CHECKLIST

  1. Have you ever had braces?
  2. Do you have grating, clicking or popping sounds in either or both jaw joints when you open your mouth or chew?
  3. Do you have sensations of stuffiness, pressure or blockage in your ears?
  4. Do your ears produce excessive wax?
  5. Do you ever have a ringing, roaring, hissing or buzzing sound in your ears?
  6. Do you ever feel dizzy or faint?
  7. Is your jaw painful or locked when you get up in the morning?
  8. Are you ever nauseated for no apparent reason?
  9. Do you fatigue easily or consider yourself chronically fatigued?
  10. Are there imprints of your teeth on the side of your tongue?
  11. Does your tongue go between your front teeth when you swallow?
  12. Do your fingers sometimes go numb for no reason?
  13. Do you have pain or soreness in any of the following areas: jaw joints, upper jaw or teeth, lower jaw or teeth, side of neck, back of head forehead, behind eyes, temples, tongue or chewing muscles?
  14. Is it hard to move our jaw from side to side, or forward and back?
  15. Do you have difficulty in chewing your food?
  16. Do you have any missing back teeth?
  17. Have you had any extensive dental crowns or bridgework?
  18. Do you clench your teeth during the day or night?
  19. Do you grind your teeth at night?
  20. Do you ever awaken with a headache?
  21. Have you ever had a whiplash injury?
  22. Have you ever worn a cervical collar or had neck traction?
  23. Have you ever experienced a blow to the chin, face or head?
  24. Have you reached the point where prescription drugs no longer relieve your symptoms?
  25. Does chewing gum start your symptoms?
  26. Is it painful, or is there soreness, when you press on your jaw joints or on the cheek just below them?
  27. Is it painful to stick your little finger into your ears with your mouth open wide and then close your mouth while pressing forward with those fingers?
  28. Does your jaw deviate to the left or right when you open wide?
  29. Are you unable to comfortably insert your first three fingers vertically into your mouth when it is opened wide?

On a pain scale of 0-10, 10 being the worst pain you have ever experience with your TMJ problem, what are you feeling now?

Complete Comfort = 0 • 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 = Severe Pain

If you said yes to any of the above and/ or are experiencing a pain level of five or higher, you may be suffering from TMJ Disorder. Call (310) 475-5598  today or reach out to us and/ or request an appointment HERE for a one-on-one consultation with TMJ expert Dr. Sid Solomon.