Innovative dental technology improving overall health
Do you suffer from headaches? Does your jaw click? Are you grinding or clenching at night? TMD 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 sensitivity 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 to precisely evaluate your bite, muscles, and range of motion. It also measures the forces and timing of the bite to see if they’re 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 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 be eliminated and even the need for surgery or wearing a mouthguard. The Benefits of DTR Disclusion Time Reduction therapy uses computerized occlusal analysis technology and eletromyography (EMGs) which allow patients to achieve results that virtually eliminate the need for other treatment options–even for patients who grind their teeth.
Dr. J. Olavo Queiroz D.D.S