Innovative dental technology improving overall health
Do you suffer from headache? Does your jaw click? Are you grinding or clenching at night?
TMD (temporomandibular disorders) is a disorder affecting the body’s two temporomandibular joints, which are located directly in front of your ears. They’re triangular-shaped and designed to act like hinges for your jaw, allowing you to comfortably and easily open your mouth to eat, drink, and speak. A patient struggling with TMD may experience a wide range of painful or aggravating symptoms, among them frequent headaches or migraines.
Other TMD symptoms include neck, shoulder, or lower back pain; difficulty hearing or ringing/pressure in the ears; pain, tenderness, or swelling of the face; jaw popping/clicking; tooth sensitive to cold or ice and also worn or broken teeth.
What Causes TMD?
The causes behind TMD can range of misaligned teeth and/or teeth grinding to whiplash, sports injuries, or missing teeth. TMD is a disorder of the jaw joint, nerves, teeth and chewing muscles. Stress can also be a cause of it.
Diagnosis and treatment
Tek-Scan/EMG is a revealing diagnostic tool to analyse the bite and measure the muscle activity, allowing the dentist at Lawrence Park Dental to precisely evaluate your bite, muscles, and range of motion. It also measures the forces and timing of the bite to see if they are even or need adjustments.
This special, computer-guided treatment for TMD has proven to be much faster and more permanent than appliance-based treatments.
Disclusion Time Reduction Therapy (DTR)
Disclusion Time Reduction is a computer-guided form of treatment that makes minor adjustments to teeth, improving occlusion and allowing the muscles to relax. By improving occlusion and relaxing muscles, pain can often be improved or eliminated. Also wearing a splint or nightguard may no longer be necessary.
The Benefits of DTR
Disclusion Time Reduction therapy uses computerized occlusal analysis technology and eletromyography (EMGs) to aid in diagnosing and treating occlusal-muscle pain. This technique helps patients to achieve results that virtually eliminate the need for other treatment options, even for patients who grind their teeth.