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Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Pathway

Before your appointment

To get ready for your appointment with your healthcare provider:

  • Write down how you feel, your symptoms, and any concerns you have. Use a symptom tracker (PDF) to help you rememb​er information about your symptoms.
  • Review your list of symptoms and questions and mark the things that are most important for you to share with your healthcare provider.
  • Ask someone you trust to go with you to your appointment. They can help you ask questions, write down instructions, and remember explanations.
  • Bring a pen and paper and plan to write notes during the visit or record the conversation using your phone or an app like the Alberta Health Services My Care Conversations app.

Common symptoms you may have with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction include:

  • pain in your jaw, ear, shoulder, or neck
  • stiffness, popping, or painful clicking in your jaw
  • difficulty opening or closing your mouth
  • headaches, earaches, or toothaches
  • change in how your teeth fit together (malocclusion)​

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction pathway map

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction Pathway

Download or print the full patient pathway (PDF) and summary (one-page PDF) to learn more about how to manage and treat TMJ dysfunction.
Patient Pathway      Summary  ​​​​​​

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