Saturday, October 22, 2011

How Dental Offices Can Benefit From A TMJ Diagnostic Questionnaire by Jim Peterson

If you are a cosmetic dentist, it doesn't really matter whether you have hundreds of patients or only a few. What really matters is how well and how effectively you carry on your job. That's because too much is demanded from cosmetic dentists. The same goes with TMJ dentists or dentists who specialize in Temporomandibular Joint Disorders.

TMJ disorder is a condition that affects the joints in our jaws. These joints are located at the sides of the head near each ear and they play a pivotal role when we eat, speak and make facial expressions. The fact is, the TMJ is one of the most frequently used and complex joints in our body. Temporomandibular joint disorders are often the result of accidents which usually cause severe trauma or impact on the face of a person.

Since TMJ disorders are complex, TMJ dentists usually require or demand an extensive explanation from their patients in order for them to provide the best treatment. Because of this, TMJ dentists have worked with developers, particularly the AssistMedic system, to create a custom medical form known as the TMJ Diagnostic Questionnaire.

Let's say for example that you live in Toronto, Canada and you suffer from TMJ disorder. However, it could be that you don't know any qualified Toronto TMJ dentist or perhaps you're not sure if your Toronto family dentist can refer you to a TMJ dentist. You can then contact your family dentist and ask for the website of a Toronto TMJ dentist. Once you get the information you need, you can access the TMJ Diagnostic Questionnaire and start filling out the form. Sample questions range from the level of pain that the TMJ disorder causes you, how long you've had it, what medications you take to alleviate the pain and other questions pertinent to your condition.

You may ask what benefits are derived by accomplishing the TMJ Diagnostic Questionnaire. The AssistMedic system was developed to help both the patients and the TMJ dentists. The TMJ Diagnostic Questionnaire proves to be beneficial to TMJ dentists because apart from less paperwork, the information that their patients submit to them online will enable them to prepare proper procedures for their patients’ treatment beforehand. On the other hand, TMJ disorder patients will spend less time waiting in line at their dentist’s office and they no longer have to fill out the form manually since they already accomplished it right from the comfort of their own home. All they need to do is wait for their TMJ dentists’ dental staff to call them for the confirmation of their appointment time and date.

The introduction of the AssistMedic virtual medical receptionist to medical practitioners, in this case the TMJ dentists, is a win-win solution for both patients and dentists. TMJ dentists, in particular, can set up an automated website allowing them to keep track of their patients' records and other important reports with just a few strokes on the keyboard and they can also securely exchange information with other practitioners of the same profession.