Nearly half of American adults suffer from some level of TMJ/TMD discomfort and unfortunately these symptoms are difficult to diagnose and treat. Temporomandibular joint disorder symptoms can include headaches, jaw aches, lock jaw, clicking, popping or grinding. In severe cases, some patients may even crack their molars in half from the unknown grinding and clenching!
Fortunately there’s a way to help people get some closure regarding their TMD symptoms. Specialized equipment, the joint vibration analysis (JVA), can help both dentists and their patients more accurately determine the cause of their symptoms. The JVA quick test tool — which is completely pain free and non-invasive — looks similar to a pair of headphones straight out of the 1990’s and are placed over the patient’s ears. The sensors use vibration technology. The test only takes a few minutes. After analyzing the date, your dentist will have an accurate idea of what’s causing the pain.
The goal to solving TMJ/TMD problems is to make sure all the muscles, joints and bones are working together. Without all the parts working in unison, tension and pain results, and eventually other cosmetic dental problems can come into the picture if the issue isn’t addressed in a timely manner.
TMJ/TMD Treatment Options
It’s important to note that this JVA tool only exists to diagnose the cause of the TMJ/TMD — it’s up to cosmetic dentists to come up with a solution, and each case will be different. Luckily for greater Chicagoland residents, Dr. Alfe at Chicago Smile Spa has a variety of different solutions for this common dental problem, including:
If you’ve been experiencing any of the above symptoms and are ready to find some relief, contact our Chicago cosmetic dentist office today to talk with Dr. Alfe about treatment options.