Joint Vibration Analysis
Your jaw joints are meant to operate like a well-oiled machine – quietly, smoothly and with minimal friction. When something is wrong, such as degeneration, cartilage tears, perforations and mechanical displacements, the surfaces become rough or poorly lubricated. Friction increases and the result is vibration often so minute it cannot be detected without sensitive equipment.
Joint vibration analysis technology is based on technology used in submarines and is much more accurate than many other measurement devices. We record and analyze the frequency and duration of these jaw movement patterns and then compare it to normal, healthy jaw joint vibrations. These measurements give us a better picture of your jaw function than x-rays or MRIs because it shows movement rather than a static image.
In addition to joint vibration analysis, we use ultrasounds, CT scans study casts, a three dimensional articulator and, occasionally, MRIs as well. All of these evaluation methods help us get a complete depiction of your jaw and jaw movement for the most effective and complete TMJ treatment.