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MRI of the upper and lower jaws is an important tool for diagnosing pathology in the TMJ (jaw joint). Changes made to the bite or occlusion have profound effects to what happens in the TMJs ( right and left jaw joints) and vice versa. Furthermore, most occlusal or bite problems are caused by damaged to one or both TMJs.
The two critical pieces of information revealed by MRI are the health of the bone and soft tissue in the TMJ and the relationship between the lower jaw bone and the TMJ disc. Furthermore, we need to see this relationship in different bite positions. Once this is evaluated, proper decisions can be made about treatment.
The above image shows the MRI scans in particular bite positions.
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