Temperomandibular Joint Pain Screening Tool


Temperomandibular Joint Pain Screening Tool, TMD Pain Screener Tool

  • Criteria
  • Long Form
  1. In the last 30 days, on average, how long did any pain jaw or temple area on either side last?
    1. Score 0: No pain
    2. Score 1: From very brief to more than a week, but it does stop
    3. Score 2: Continuous
  2. In the last 30 days, have you had pain or stiffness in your jaw on awakening?
    1. Score 0: No
    2. Score 1: Yes
  3. In the last 30 days, which of the following activities change any jaw or temple pain on either side (make pain better or worse)?
    1. Note: This question is modified from the original survey (which lists these as individual yes-no questions)
    2. Score 1: Chewing hard or tough food
    3. Score 1: Opening your mouth or moving your jaw forward or to the side
    4. Score 1: Jaw habits such as holding teeth together, clenching, grinding or chewing gum
    5. Score 1: Other jaw activities such as talking, kissing or Yawning
  • Interpretation
  1. Score 3 or higher suggests Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
  • Efficacy
  1. Test Sensitivity: 83 to 97%
  2. Test Specificity: 82 to 95%
    1. May not differentiate TMJ from Headache syndromes (e.g. Migraine Headache, tension-type Headache or Trigeminal Neuralgia)