Since TMJ has so many different symptoms, it’s difficult to get a definite TMJ diagnosis. This can lead you to not getting the proper treatment you need for long-term relief. At Massa Dental Center, we have the tools and technology we need to offer patients an accurate TMJ diagnosis.
Your TMJ diagnosis will begin with a comprehensive dental exam of your jaw and teeth. Dr. Massa will have you move your mouth open and closed and applying pressure to certain areas to see how well everything functions.
Afterward, he will take digital x-rays to see the current resting position of all your structures including the head, neck, and jaw joints. We use a VaTech CBCT to get a 3D x-ray of all your features to get the most information possible.
We then use our advanced K7 or Biopak dental technology to track your jaw’s motion. It uses tiny magnets on your gum tissue so we can see the exact path your jaw takes when you bite down. It also tells us what your chewing pattern and range of motion looks like. Plus records EM6s of the muscles involved, allows us to accurately diagnose any bite problems and plan the most effective treatment.
Lastly, we use ULF-Tens to apply rhythmic pulses to your jaw muscles which then increases the blood flow and oxygen to them. It also causes the jaw muscles to release lactic acid and other waste products that have become constricted. Once your jaw relaxes, you might feel a sense of relief and Dr. Massa can see your optimal jaw resting position.
With all the information collected from your diagnosis, Dr. Massa can then plan proper treatment for your TMJ. Some patients can benefit from physiologic dentistry to realign their bite and help their jaw rest in its most optimal position while other patients might just need to wear a night orthotic or sleep mandibular advancement appliance or epigenetic appliance. We can also incorporate the use of Botox to give immediate pain relief for some patients. Since we treat each patient on an individual basis, each treatment varies.
If you suffer from TMJ or think you might have it, please contact our Naples TMJ dentist to schedule a consultation. We are here to help you find the pain relief you need. Contact Massa Dental Center by calling (239) 597-7333 today.