New criteria on the diagnosis of temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) have been developed to help clinicians better identify this group of often-painful jaw conditions that affects an estimated 10% to 15% of Americans (J Oral Facial Pain Headache. 2014;28:6-27).
The evidence-based criteria comprise an improved screening tool to help health professionals more readily differentiate the most common forms of TMD.
“We’ve had diagnostic criteria for years; what is unique here is instead of a panel of experts empirically deciding best practices, we relied on science as a methodology to test our best assumptions,” explained co-lead author Eric Schiffman, DDS.
Most people with chronic temporomandibular problems also suffer from other ailments. The new diagnostic criteria facilitate the physical as well as the psychosocial assessments of patients.