Learning Module:

Should This Patient’s TMJ Be Imaged?


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In this module, Dr. Jim McKee reviews the case of a 40-year-old female presenting with a chief concern of pain in the right jaw joint and a fluctuating and changing bite. He discusses when to consider joint imaging for moderate- to high-risk patients, as well as, how to recognize these patients in clinical practice. Learn treatment options for patients with injured temporomandibular joints, how TM joint imaging with MRI and CBCT impacts the treatment planning process, and the benefits of TM joint imaging when helping a patient make good treatment decisions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review three common types of temporomandibular joint conditions.
  • Discuss two main reasons to consider TM joint imaging.
  • Describe the benefits of MRI and CBCT imaging.
  • Identify high- to moderate-risk patients.
  • Relate treatment options for patients with injured TM joints.

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