September 5, 2018
Temporomandibular joint disorder, often referred to simply as TMD, is a common and painful problem that causes continuous discomfort in the jaw and surrounding areas. It may even lead to chronic headaches, tooth damage, dizziness, and hearing loss. Clearly, if you are suffering from TMD, getting treatment is important. Modern medicine offers a number of therapies that may be able to help you. One of the most advanced form of treatment uses T-Scan technology and disclusion time reduction (DTR) TMJ therapy in Ardmore. Let’s take a moment to talk about exactly what this procedure is and how it could benefit you.
Because TMD has so many symptoms that affect areas of the body beyond the jaw, it is often diagnosed. T-Scan is helping to change that problem. Using advanced sensor nodes, the T-Scan device provides your dentist in Ardmore with detailed information about your bite. Therefore, they’re able to analyze any occlusion (bite) problems that affect the way your teeth fit together. Such an analysis is important in treating TMD because the disorder is often related to misalignment in the orofacial structures, including both the jaw and the teeth.
T-Scan technology is able to:
- Pinpoint areas of the mouth that are overengaged during movement
- Evaluate how the muscles work during bite motions
- Identify places in your mouth where the way your teeth fit together could be contributing to TMD symptoms
Data from the T-Scan may can help a dentist carry out a disclusion time reduction treatment — but what exactly does that involve? It is a customized treatment that takes place across several appointments (usually two or three). It effects a series of small adjustments to your bite as well as the timing of your bite. It may involve making tiny changes to the tooth enamel that affect how your teeth come together.
Often, DTR can eliminate or even reduce the need for other TMD therapies, such as oclusional splints and Botox injections. The results of the treatment may last for years.
Is DTR Right for You?
Of course, DTR is not ideal for everyone. The best way to find out if it could benefit you is to visit a local TMJ expert who has an intimate understanding of the way the jaw joints and the surrounding structures work. After an in-depth evaluation, your care provider can design a treatment plan that aims to help your jaw relax, relieve you of bite problems, and allow you to get back to enjoying your life.
About the Author
Dr. Robert V. Hughes is a highly accomplished general dentist. As a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and a graduate of the Pankey institute, he has demonstrated that he has the skills and knowledge necessary to provide truly excellent care to his patients. If you are suffering with TMD or would like to know more about the therapies Dr. Hughes may use to treat your condition, contact our office at 580-223-3838.
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