A T-Scan can tackle chronic TMJ pain
Do you know that over 15% of Americans suffer from chronic pain tin the jaw, neck, head, shoulders, ears or face due to TMJ? TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, is a condition that is often misdiagnosed or overlooked. It involves problems with the temporomandibular joints that connect your upper and lower jaw to your skull.
Your jaw is made up of an intricate system of bones, ligaments, nerves and muscles. Because you use it frequently, when there is an issue with jaw alignment, it can wreak havoc by causing a great deal of discomfort.
Tekscan or T-scan measures your biting force
Thanks to Doctor William Maness, TMJ diagnosis made great strides at Tufts University in 1987. It was there that Dr. Maness created the force measurement technology that would lead to the production of the T-Scan by Tekscan. The T-Scan is a diagnostic tool that takes a precise measurement of the amount of pressure that is applied when you bite down.
By measuring the distribution and amount of force that is applied during the act of biting, the T-Scan provides the information that helps Westminster dentist Dr. Gary Imm understand what is going on with your jaw while you are chewing or speaking. Once T-Scan results have been analyzed, the Dr. Imm can determine the proper course of treatment.
An accurate diagnosis is crucial to TMJ relief
A proper TMJ diagnosis is a key requirement for implementing a plan of action for effective TMJ treatment.
TMJ can cause a host of painful symptoms;
[icon_list_item type=”arrow-right”]Your jaw may be tender when you eat or speak. [/icon_list_item]
[icon_list_item type=”arrow-right”]It may be impossible to open your mouth wide or your jaw could lock at times. [/icon_list_item]
[icon_list_item type=”arrow-right”]A popping sound could be heard every time you open and close your mouth. [/icon_list_item]
[icon_list_item type=”arrow-right”]Swelling in the face and toothaches are common as well. [/icon_list_item]
However, many symptoms associated with TMJ are not obviously connected to your jaw.
[icon_list_item type=”arrow-right”]Pain in your neck and shoulders could stem from TMJ. [/icon_list_item]
[icon_list_item type=”arrow-right”]Chronic headaches and migraines are common as well. [/icon_list_item]
[icon_list_item type=”arrow-right”]Earaches, a ringing in the ears known as tinnitus, and dizzy spells are other troubling symptoms. [/icon_list_item]
TMJ can be bothersome at its least and debilitating at its worst. If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms, All Smiles Care’s T-Scan can help Dr. Imm get an accurate diagnosis of the problem so he can prescribe an effective treatment.
Find out what a T-scan can do for you
If you’re suffering from TMJ, you can try home remedies, such as applying warm compresses to your jaw and taking anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain. A massage of the jaw joint may also be helpful. However, these remedies won’t resolve the underlying issue.
The only way that you’ll solve your TMJ problems is by seeing a professional who can diagnose the problem. If you think All Smiles Care’s T-Scan can help you overcome your TMJ problem, come in for a consultation with Dr. Imm. Every step you take to get an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment is worthwhile step.