The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is one of the most complicated joints in the entire body. It makes sense why. The jaw needs to make so many different kinds of movements just to bite, chew, speak, yawn, laugh, and form various facial expressions. A TMJ disorder could by caused by problems with the bones, the cartilage, the muscles, nerves around the mandible, or a combination of these.
Even with modern digital imaging technology, diagnosis of a TMJ disorder can be very challenging. That’s why our Memphis, TN dental practice is pleased to us the K7 system for TMJ disorder diagnosis. It goes several steps beyond regular diagnostic methods.
What Is the K7 System?
The K7 system is an advanced means of collecting information about your jaw and how it functions. This data allows dentists to make a highly accurate diagnosis of the problems your jaw joint is experiencing. This sophisticated system is non-invasive and collects various kinds of data that are helpful to dental health specialists.
Collecting Data on Your Jaw Movement
One of the key parts of the K7 system is how it measures the movement of your jaw. Sensors can measure the speed of opening and closing your mouth, as well as the way your upper and lower teeth make contact. All of this data helps not problems with jaw movement helpful in accurate TMJ diagnosis.
Electromyography to Measure Muscle Activity
In addition to tracking jaw movement, the K7 system can measure the at-rest and in-motion activity of your jaw muscles. Up to eight different muscle sites can be monitored while you are opening and closing your mouth. This data is helpful if the motion of the jaw is generally fine yet the patient experiences TMD symptoms.
Electrosonography to Monitor Sounds in the Jaw Joint
Popping, clicking, and grinding sensations in the jaw are one of the telltale signs of a TMJ disorder. That’s why the K7 system also records the sound of your jaw as it moves. Any abnormal clicks, crunches, or pops can be registered and logged to note issues with the cartilage of the joint.
Using all of the data points in combination with one another, a dentist is able to get a highly accurate picture of your jaw on motion, noting imperfections in function during various movements and positions. This data allows a dentist to really pinpoint the problems that affect your jaw joint, and what structures are impacted most.
Knowing the exact nature of your TMJ disorder will be combined with a discussion about the possible causes of the condition. If you’ve noticed any issues with teeth grinding or jaw trauma, these can be discussed as part of the consultation process.
Treating Your TMJ Disorder
Thanks to the K7 system, patients can get custom-designed and highly targeted treatment for their TMD. The proper structures are addressed during the treatment process, meaning that treatments are more efficient than ever before.
Learn More About TMJ Disorders
For more information about treating TMJ disorders and improving your overall dental health and wellness, be sure to contact the van Zyl Center for Advanced Dentistry. We look forward to your visit and discussing these matters with you in much greater detail.