Are you suffering from TMJD, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder? If you are experiencing uncomfortable, painful and loss of use effects of this jaw joint condition, you may benefit from a Joint Vibration Analysis test from Millennium Smiles.
A Joint Vibration Analysis, or JVA, is a test performed by Dr. Korous to detect vibrations dentist to detect vibrations in your temporomandibular joints. The TMJs are the joints located on either side of your jaw and connect your jaw to your skull. The TMJs allow your jaw to move forward and backward, left and right and are what allow you to open and close your mouth.
Jaw joint vibration occurs when the cartilage disc that serves as a cushion to your TMJ gets caught between the jawbones when you open and close your mouth. This disc can become damaged as a result of trauma, arthritis, orthodontics, and clenching and teeth grinding.
Signs of a vibrating TMJ joint include jaw popping, clicking, and the jaw locking into a stuck position when opening or closing your mouth. Some patients experience pain, but pain is not present in all cases.
A JVA performed by putting a device similar to small headphones on your TMJ joints. This device can pick up any vibration that occurs when you open and close your mouth. It can also rate the severity of the vibration. The test is painless and takes just a few minutes in the office.
If Dr. Korous determines that you have a vibration in your TMJ joints, the next step may be decompression of TMJ with appliance therapy and MLS laser treatment. These treatments can help prevent you from clenching or grinding your teeth and help to relieve stress on your TMJ joints and reduce pain.
You don’t have to live with TMJ pain. Call Millennium Smiles at 972-987-4899 for more information about TMJ treatment and to learn more about the superior technology of a Joint Vibration Analysis can help diagnose your TMJ today.