Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can be a source of multiple symptoms, which are often hard to diagnose properly and so harder to find suitable treatment options.
Fortunately, there are a number of technologies available that are able to shine a much needed light on TMJ disorders.
Here at You First Dental in Airdrie, we use as much modern technology as possible to help our patients deal with painful jaw related problems.
If you suspect that you have something wrong with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) you are advised to seek an accurate diagnosis first to ensure you access the best treatment option. There are various diagnostic tools available, which are used by dentists, including our dental team at You First Dental in Airdrie.
You First Dental recommends the use of two electronic devices to diagnose problems with your TMJ. They have been developed by Bio-Research Associates recently and they have been designed to evaluate any dysfunction in the TMJ. Firstly, there is the BioEMG III™, which is an eight channel electromyography and secondly, there is the BioJVA™ system, which evaluates TMJ injuries.
Before these tools are used by our dental team at You First Dental in Airdrie a preliminary examination to ensure there is no other medical condition that is causing discomfort in the facial region.
Once a full diagnosis of your TMJ has identified that this is the source of the painful and annoying symptom you have been experiencing we will devise a number of treatment options which may be able to deal with the issue.
We normally start by using a gentle muscle stimulator that massages the muscle surrounding the jaw and helps it to relax. Your jaw joint is likely to be misaligned, so our tools help to work out exactly how misaligned it is.
One of our dental team here at You First Dental in Airdrie may also use splints, which are designed to fit over your teeth. They help to prevent your lower and upper teeth from coming together. This helps to take any pressure off the jaw muscles and joints so these parts of your face can heal more quickly.
We might also advise using a specially designed orthotic device that fits inside your mouth and helps to maintain your jaw in just the right position. This can gradually help to reduce any tension in your jaw muscle and associated jaw pain.
An assessment of your mouth and teeth may also discover that some of your teeth are crooked and this could be partly to blame for your TMJplaying up. We can address this issue by gently repositioning your teeth into a position that alleviates the pressure on your TMJ when you close your mouth.
TMJ pain and its many related symptoms can ruin your enjoyment of life. There is no need to allow these sorts of problem to dominate your day as there are TMJ treatment options available to deal with them.
The dental team at You First Dental here in Airdrie have a variety of tools that are now able to provide further diagnostic help to pinpoint the causes of your TMJ and assist with devising a suitable programme of treatment.
The sooner you seek help, the sooner you can experience waking up to a less painful day ahead. To get started, you can make an appointment with us or schedule a complimentary consultation where we can discuss your options.
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