Simple cases of TMJ can be treated with anti inflammatory medications and hot/moist compress.
Treatment for more complex cases includes the fabrication of an orthotic. The orthotic is designed to reposition the jaw to the correct neuromuscular position.
Once this position has been established, definitive treatment can include orthodontics or reconstruction of the bite.
We use an Electromyographic Analysis (or EMG) to measure muscle activity on head and neck muscles both at rest and in function. This is done by placing computerized sensors on the skin allowing us to accurately monitor muscle activity.
Hyperactive muscles are common for patients experiencing pain symptoms associated with TMJ problems. Imbalances between right and left sides of the same sets of muscles are also typical. The EMG system is a safe and comfortable method do help detect such issues and getting to the root of a TMJ issue.
Bite splints (plates) are effective in relieving TMD symptoms.
A bite splint provides an acrylic platform to bite against. Some bite plates move the mandible to a new position.
Generally, splints are worn part-time and for most people night time seems to be the best time to wear them.
This state-of-the-art jaw tracking system helps diagnose TMJ Dysfunction (TMD) by tracking the jaw movement.
Research shows that there are certain jaw movements which show very specific types of TMJ dysfunction. For example, limited opening and closing or locking, jaw opening deviations and deflections, and restricted side-to-side jaw movements. All of these indications are widely accepted and published criteria for diagnosing TMD.
Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation (TENS): This system delivers a precise, regulated, bilateral rhythmic stimulus to both head and facial muscles.This controlled bilateral stimulation promotes muscle relaxation for relief of symptoms associated with muscle spasm common to some types of TMJ dysfunction.When pain results from muscle spasm, TENS offers a safe, drug-free method of treatment relieving many head and neck discomforts through muscle relaxation.
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