TMD/TMJ Dental Care

Lake Country Dental

At Lake Country Dental, our goal is to look out for your dental health so that you can have a beautiful, healthy smile that makes a lasting memory. Dentist Lisa Mulkin, DDS, can help treat TMJ disorder with the latest advances in dentistry.

Dr. Lisa Mulkin has completed advanced training to identify and treat Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). Quite often referred to as TMJ, TMD affects your jaw’s Temporomandibular Joint and muscles of mastication (the muscles involved with chewing), which can lead to headaches, pain in the ear, neck, shoulders, and face. Popping or clicking of your jaw when you chew is a sign of TMJ deterioration. Symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder can also cause tooth loss as undue strain is placed on the teeth and supporting structures.

JVA to Detect Jaw Health

To help us detect TMD, Dr. Mulkin is certified to use Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA)—an accurate, fast and non-invasive way to screen patients for TMJ health.

Joint Vibration Analysis is a simple and painless test that takes less than 30 seconds to complete that can help Dr. Mulkin detect the health of your jaw joint or the Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ).

The Temporomandibular Joint consists of bone, cartilage and ligaments. Like most joints, the jaw joint functions best when these parts are in proper alignment to each other. Much like your other joints (i.e. shoulder, hip, elbow, knee) the jaw joint can become displaced.

Common TMJ symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Neck or shoulder pain
  • Jaw pain or soreness
  • Worn or cracked teeth
  • Earaches or ringing (tinitus)
  • Limited range opening mouth
  • Clicking or joint sounds
  • Locking jaw
  • Sore facial muscles
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Notching along gumline (abfraction)

How JVA Works

Using the JVA, Dr. Mulkin can provide a fast, non-invasive, and repeatable measurement to aid in the diagnosis of TMJ function. How the test works:

  1. A headset, much like a stereo headset, is placed over your head with the vibration sensors on the skin over the Temporomandibular joint in front of each ear.
  2. You will be asked to open wide and close all the way 5 or 6 times while the vibration is being recorded.

The test is as simple as that. If your jaw joint is working properly, this movement generally produces little friction and hence, little vibration or sound. However, when there is a joint problem, the parts rub together in a different way generally producing more friction and vibration, hence more sound. This creates a specific vibration signature, which Dr. Mulkin will evaluate. If TMD does exist, the severity can be monitored and the condition more properly treated.

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