Knoxville and Maryville TN
Your jaw is a complex joint consisting of muscles, ligaments, and discs that absorb shock. When your jaw muscles become tense, these muscles can pull your jaw out of alignment. If your jaw is not properly aligned, you may experience a range of symptoms including pain in the jaw and difficulty opening and closing your mouth. These symptoms are often a cause of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD).
Crestview Dental Care serving Knoxville and Maryville, Tennessee not only diagnoses TMJ but provides treatment and relief to your pain by using neuromuscular dentistry. To begin, Dr. Jake Goza will use a K7 Neuromuscular Evaluation System, state-of-the-art technology by Myotronics, which helps determine and evaluate your jaw movement, and at which point your jaw muscles experience stress. Dr. Goza is also able to determine your optimal resting position for your jaw.
The K7 System consists of three instruments, which Dr. Jake Goza uses to develop your treatment plan. The K7 System includes:
Computerized Mandibular Scanner- By using three dimensions, this device measures the speed of your jaw as it opens and closes, and monitors the movement of the jaw.
Electromyography (EMG) – Your jaw muscles emit electrical impulses in which the EMG records. Dr. Fleschler uses these results to determine at which point your jaw muscles become stressed and strained due to misalignment of your jaw.
Electrosonography – This instrument analyzes the sounds emitted from your jaw such as popping, clicking, and grinding noises, while your jaw is in motion. This instrument uses precise directional microphones to analyze the sounds.
How to tell if you need a dentisty trained in neuromuscular science?
Patients who suffer from TMJ experience a variety of symptoms that can even interfere with their daily life. Symptoms may include:
- Neck or back pain
- Tinnitus (ringing in ears)
- Ear congestion
- Popping/clicking sound in jaw joints
- Pain behind the eyes
- Sleep disruptions
- Tingly fingers
Only a neuromuscular dentist can properly diagnose and treat TMJ disorders. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and you are not getting the relief and results that you know you deserve to have. Contact Crestview Dental Care today! Dr. Jake Goza is trained and experienced in treating patients with TMJ using a neuromuscular approach.