Diagnostic Arthroscopy for TM Disorders

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Diagnostic Arthroscopy for TM Disorders

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Arthroscopy may be used to diagnose a temporomandibular (TM) disorder when:

  • The source of the symptoms can't be identified with other tests, and other treatment has not relieved pain.
  • A surgeon needs to confirm the diagnosis of a joint problem before surgery.
  • A health professional needs to see how the joint moves to make a diagnosis.


By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Primary Medical Reviewer Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry
Last Revised April 15, 2010

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