X-Ray Jaw Joint complete
Also known as Temporomandibular X-Ray, TMJ X-Ray
- erosion of the jaw joint
- a habit of grinding the teeth
- structural jaw problems/congenital disabilities
- pain in the face and neck
- stiffness in jaw muscles
- difficulty in mastication or chewing
- limited mobility of the jaw
- locking of the jaw
- clicking or popping in jaw joints
- a change in jaw alignment (malocclusion)
- The X-ray technician will guide you into the correct position needed for the x-ray. Usually, for a jaw joint x-ray, you will be seated upright with the affected side closest to the detector and your head parallel to the detector. Depending on your doctor's request from your x-ray, the x-ray technician will guide you on whether you are to open your mouth or keep it closed.
- Body parts that are not being x-rayed may be covered with a lead apron (shield) to avoid radiation exposure.
- It is vital to remain motionless during the procedure. Movement may cause a blurry image, and you may have to get the x-ray done again.
- If you cannot stand without support or keep still, neck or head support such as a foam piece can help maintain the head position. If this is the case, you can be x-rayed while lying down.
- The technician may ask you to inhale and hold your breath during the procedure for a better x-ray image.
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