A very brief screening questionnaire, such as the one below can help the clinician determine if a patient has a potential TMD problem.6 This questionnaire can help identify dental patients who are at risk of aggravating their pre-existing pain from dental treatment.7
This brief screening questionnaire includes an assessment of pain, morning stiffness/pain, and whether specific jaw activities change the pain. Positive responses may warrant additional questions. There are numerous questions and questionnaires that have been recommended to elicit the TMD symptom history; they vary from brief to lengthy and many are available via the internet.
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