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Jaw clicking Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Jaw clicking. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had jaw clicking?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic. Clicking of the jaw does not necessarily indicate jaw pathology.

  2. It is unilateral or bilateral?
  3. Past medical history?

    Why: some medical conditions may affect the temporomandibular joint e.g. osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis.

  4. Dental malocclusion +/- grinding teeth during sleep?

    Why: the basic cause of temporomandibular joint dysfunction is dental malocclusion.

  5. Symptoms of temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

    Why: e.g. pain felt over the jaw joint and localized to the region of the ear but may radiate forwards to the cheek and even the neck; pain and limitation of jaw movements especially on opening the mouth, clicking and crackling in the jaw joint with movement.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Jaw clicking:

The following list of conditions have 'Jaw clicking' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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