TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Syndrome
Find relief from face, neck and jaw pain.
If you’re one of the estimated ten million Americans who suffer from Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) syndrome, your Dental Professionals of Vinings dentist can help. TMJ is a condition in which the TMJ joint, the joint connecting the lower jaw to the rest of the skull via the temporal bone, doesn’t function properly. This sometimes happens because your jaw joints are overstretched. It can also be caused by an injury, teeth grinding due to stress, or rheumatoid or osteoarthritis. The condition typically starts between the ages of 20 and 40 and can last many years.
The TMJ joint is one of the most frequently used in the body, allowing you to talk, chew and yawn. The condition often causes pain in the muscles and joints of the jaw that can radiate to the face, neck, head and even the shoulders. Some TMJ patients have difficulty opening their mouth all the way. Popping and/or clicking noises when yawning, chewing or with other movements of the joint are also common. The causes of TMJ syndrome are usually associated with problems related to occlusion, the bite of the teeth.
If you experience the symptoms of TMJ, schedule a consultation with an Dental Professionals of Vinings dentist to discuss your options for treatment and therapy. Our dentists have extensive expertise in treating afflictions of the jaws and teeth. They’ll utilize multiple facets of dentistry to create effective, synergistic results in the treatment of TMJ syndrome.
Getting a Clearer Picture of TMJ and Sleep Apnea
At Dental Professionals of Vinings, we strive to bring you the latest technology in dental care. Since iCat imaging has proven to be highly effective in the diagnosis of conditions such as TMJ and sleep apnea, we wanted our patients to benefit from this advanced scanning technology. The clearer images of iCat should improve both your experience and your treatment by giving your dentist a more accurate and complete picture of your needs.
How iCat images lead to better treatment.
This new technology uses a cone beam, 3-D dental imaging system to create high definition images of your teeth—providing a clearer picture of your mouth similar to the way a high-def TV improves upon the quality of the standard-def TV. Taking both 2-D and 3-D images of your anatomy, the iCat builds a more complete image. And since the equipment easily adjusts to your mouth’s unique angles, it can capture areas that were previously difficult to reach or that might have caused discomfort.
These more precise images lead to more accurate placement of restorations by providing exact dimensions and angles. They also indicate bone density, which means your dentist will require less time to plan. They should save you time as well, since most patients receive a detailed plan in just one office visit.
iCat for TMJ
This new technology can be highly effective in the treatment of TMJ, since the images can be narrowed to focus directly on your temporomandibular joint. The clarity of the images assists your dentist in determining the exact degree of misalignment. As a result, she or he can develop a more effective treatment plan.
iCat for sleep apnea.
For many of the same reasons, iCat technology is also highly effective in treating sleep apnea. The clearer images make it easy to see where and how severely the airways are restricted. They also enable your dentist to rule out symptoms, such as sinus abnormalities, which sometimes contribute to sleep apnea.
Take advantage of the latest iCat technology.
To learn more about iCat technology and how it can help your dentist individualize dental care for sleep apnea and TMJ, contact Dental Professionals of Vinings today. Call (PHONE NUMBER) to schedule an appointment with our TMJ and sleep apnea specialists.