Pain in the jaw and its surrounding region is usually associated with the Temporomandibular(TM) joint which connects the jaw to the skull and acts as a hinge. A TM Joint X-Ray can help diagnose disorders like localized pain in this region.
What Is TM Joint Right Side X-Ray?
Pain in the right jaw joint can be diagnosed using a TM Joint Right Side X-Ray.
The temporomandibular joint is a complex structure containing muscles, tendons, and bones. Injury or disorders can result in pain in the jaw area. Jaw pain may occur on one side or on both sides, depending upon the cause. This can occur when chewing or at rest. It can be followed by jaw clicking and popping, ear pain/earache, popping sounds in ears, headaches, stiff or sore jaw muscles, pain in the temple area, or locking of the jaw joint.
How Is Right Side TM Joint X-Ray Performed?
The TM joint is central on this radiograph.
- X-Ray of the joint is performed with the patient seated upright.
- The right side of the patient is moved closer to the detector.
- Head of the patient is placed in a true lateral position with the interpupillary line perpendicular to the detector.
- The distance between the jaw and the image receptor is kept to a minimum.
- Radiolucent support like a black sponge can be used to keep the patient’s head in position.
- Jaw needs to be kept still for a better image.
The patient may be instructed to keep the mouth closed or open based on the projection required.
Side Effects/Risks Of Right Side TM Joint X-Ray
Risks associated with Right Side TM Joint X-Ray include:
- Radiation exposure for those undergoing X-Ray procedures regularly.
- Exposure to X-Rays for pregnant women or those likely to be pregnant.
Preparation Before Performing Right Side TM Joint X-Ray
No special preparation is necessary before performing Right Side TM Joint X-Ray except removing jewelry and ornaments near the jaw area.
Post-Care After TM Joint Right Side X-Ray
Right side TM Joint X-Ray is a painless process and you will not feel any sensation as the radiation passes through your jaw.
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