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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

How Is TMD Diagnosed?

Did you know that something as seemingly harmless as a headache could be an indication of a potentially serious medical condition? The condition is called TMJ or TMD, short for temporomandibular joint disorder. Headaches are just one symptoms of TMD, which is estimated to affects as many as 60 million of Americans. Jaw pain, neck tension, loss of feeling in the hands and arms, and earaches are just a few of the related symptoms.

Thankfully, once the condition is discovered, there are modern treatments designed to offer sufferers relief. Neuromuscular dentistry refers to the ability to diagnose and treat TMD. Experienced neuromuscular dentists have undergone specialized training to be able to identify when a jaw joint problem is affecting a patient's health.

The most important step in alleviating the ill effects of TMD is ensuring an accurate diagnosis. An experienced neuromuscular dentist will use sophisticated jaw tracking equipment to determine the origin of the discomfort. By combining a thorough health history and physical exam with specific neuromuscular diagnostic testing, your doctor should be able to find out what's causing the imbalance and begin a treatment plan. Here are just a few of the diagnostic tools:
  • X-rays
  • Computerized Mandibular Scanning (CMS)
  • Sonography
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • Electromyography (studies of muscle function)
  • Motion Performance Studies
  • Joint Vibration Analysis
  • Diagnostic Study Casts of the Mandible
  • TENS (Transcutaneous Electro Neural Stimulation)

Sometimes it may be that your tooth height needs to be adjusted. In other cases, physical therapy may be needed. As a last result, surgery can help restore the optimal bite position.

Please contact Colonial Dental Group in Chicago today to schedule your initial appointment.

posted by Patti at 10:06 AM

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