Accurate Diagnosis of TMJ Is Complicated
At the Massa Dental Center in Naples, FL, we focus on achieving an accurate diagnosis to help people get effective treatment for their TMJ symptoms. After talking about your medical history, TMJ dentist Dr. James Massa will perform a comprehensive dental exam.
First, he will feel the jaw joints and muscles while you open and close your jaw. This helps him monitor the function of your jaw structures. He will ask you about subjective symptoms as well, such as pain, and what you might be hearing and feeling.
Then Dr. Massa will use advanced imaging technology to get a better picture of the jaw structures and how the accident might have impacted them. Common imaging techniques include digital x-rays, and our VaTech CBCT, which constructs a 3D image of all the jaw structures.
Dr. Massa takes detailed measurements of your jaw motion while measuring jaw tension and tracking jaw sounds using our K7 or Biopak technology. Relaxing jaw muscles with ULF-TENS removes the habitual corrections your body has adopted to try to compensate for dislocation, injury, and pain. This reveals your jaw’s ideal function, as well as its optimal resting position.