Maryville and Knoxville, TN
At Crestview Dental Care, we diagnose and treat temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD as it is commonly known. This often is a disease that is difficult for most primary care physicians to diagnose or manage because they simply lack the education and training on doing so. Our doctors, however, have received extensive training in the area of neuromuscular dentistry, which focuses on the harmonious alignment of the teeth, jaws, and tongue positioning. This knowledge is the foundation for treating TMD. Find out how Crestview Dental Care also employs advanced technologies to aid in diagnosing and treating this all to common disorder.
Cone Beam Computed Tomography or CBCT
This is not an ordinary X-ray machine. While traditional digital X-rays can be helpful in diagnosing various dental issues, the CBCT is more precise and produces clearer images that can be customized for a specific view of the patient’s teeth, jawbone, nerve paths, and other dental structures. This is especially helpful when diagnosing TMD because we can see the condition of the nerves in the jaw joints, bite or jaw alignment, and more.
Biopak Diagnostic System
The BioPAK diagnostic system monitors the stomatognathic system, or the muscles responsible for mastication, which allow us to diagnose a case of TMD properly. There are several components to how this device works. The joint vibration analysis detects motion and friction as the jaw moves. Electromyography provides a look at how the craniofacial muscles react, such as while at rest, and when chewing. By using a 3-D imagery function, this machine uses a jaw tracking device that computes the patient’s jaw movements when speaking, eating, chewing, and swallowing, and general range of motion. Finally, the M-Scan records the activity of the craniofacial muscles for comparisons of symmetry.
These findings can be used to determine the severity of the patient’s TMD disorder, which is most helpful when designing a treatment plan.
This device provides an analysis of how the patient’s teeth come together, which has a lot to do with jaw alignment, how the jaw joints move and is helpful in designing restorations that help stabilize the patient’s bite to relieve TMD and its symptoms.
Cold Laser Therapy
This is a form of pain management with no side effects. It is safe, comfortable, and does not involve medication to relieve pain. It helps by immediately reducing muscle inflammation. It promotes healing by increasing oxygenation of the blood and increases blood flow to the jaw joints. There are no side effects of this treatment. And it usually takes about 10 minutes per session. This therapy is best when prescribed as sessions, which includes 5-6 treatments over the course of several days or so. It is the cumulative treatment using cold laser therapy that provides the most noticeable results.
As you can see, these advanced technologies play a significant role in how we diagnose and treat TMD. However, you will not find these devices at your primary care physician’s office, which is why choosing a neuromuscular dentist, like the ones on staff at Crestview Dental Care, are the most well-equipped and knowledgeable physicians to treat TMD. It is essential to use technology, such as what we employ when dealing with such a complicated disorder like TMD.
Dentists that treat TMJ Disorder in Maryville, Knoxville
If you are experiencing symptoms associated with TMD, do not delay. Schedule a consultation with us right away so that we can begin relieving your pain. You can reach us by calling (865) 982-1700. If you are looking for a doctor in Maryville or Knoxville that treats TMJ disorder (TMD), we can help! Schedule your appointment today.