These sophisticated instruments have years of successful use in many different medical specialties. In neuromuscular dentistry, we use them to evaluate jaw dysfunction, which can contribute to symptoms in your entire body, although the most common symptom is headaches. We combine these measurements with specialized x-rays to determine the best treatment for your TMJ. Sometimes, regular TENS massage and lifestyle changes are adequate treatments. Other times, an orthopedic mouthpiece may be recommended. Sometimes dental restorations may be used in a full mouth reconstruction to improve jaw function. We can then use another advanced technology, Tekscan, to measure the force of your bite at every point. This confirms that your new bite is balanced and healthy, with no tooth subjected to more force than it can handle.
Rarely, surgery may be required to treat TMJ.