Diagnosis of TMJ disorder at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell is a highly technical process, but it is also painless and accurate. Many treatments for it fail because they do not address the source of the patient’s TMJ problem. There is no one-size-fits-all approach that will successfully remedy every patient’s symptoms because every patient is different. While many patients suffer from TMJ disorder because of a problem with their bite, we can’t simply apply the same bite correction to each patient.
Every patient has a bite position that is physiologically correct for them. Using neuromuscular dentistry techniques and technology such as the J5 Myomonitor and the K-7 Evaluation computer, Dr. Siegel will analyze your current bite and then assess whether or not that bite is in line with your natural, neuromuscular bite position. He will be able to tell which of your muscles are working harder than others and can see in 3 dimensions, the path that your jaw travels as you open and close your mouth.
We can also get detailed information about the state of your temporomandibular joints using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). CBCT is a 3D imaging tool that can assess the exact position, shape, and density of bone in the joint and even give us some valuable information about relevant soft tissues. This advanced, powerful tool gives us information we can’t get other ways. This allows for more accurate TMJ diagnosis.
This video describes the TMJ diagnosis process using neuromuscular dentistry.
What Are Your Options For Treatment?
With TMJ, home care remedies are the best place to start for TMJ treatment. However, if symptoms last more than a week, worsen, or improve, then recur, you should seek professional care. Also, seek professional care if symptoms interfere with your daily life.
There are many options to help allievate TMJ / TMD disorders. The best way to discover the plan that is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Siegel.
If you want to learn more about TMJ in Philadelphia, call us at (610) 272-0828 to make an appointment or request an appointment online. If you have any questions about TMJ treatment, don’t hesitate to call or email us.