How Can Electromyography Treat TMJ Disorder?
If you have suffered from headaches, muscle pain, or popping from your temporomandibular joint, due to physical trauma or poor dental health, you may have TMJ disorder. Dr. Sangiv I. Patel is highly skilled in various TMJ therapies that can prevent the progression of myofascial pain and other problems caused by TMJ disorder.
Using the latest in electromyography technology, specifically surface BioEMG™, Dr. Patel identify the cause of your TMJ dysfunction and find a suitable dental treatment that works to improve your dental health. Surface EMG helps find unusual muscle movements throughout the head and neck so we can run accurately diagnose and determine if you have TMJ disorder and get started in finding a viable treatment to relieve your pain
How does electromyography technology for TMJ dysfunction work?
Surface EMG is completely safe, noninvasive, and radiation-free. During the process, Dr. Patel can monitor your muscles to find any discrepancies. The test will analyze the muscle function while resting, analyze the strength of the muscles while functioning. The balance and synergy of the muscles will also be analyzed. These measurements will identify how the jaw moves and detect any unusual activity that may cause you to grind or clench your teeth.
Dr. Patel may also perform a T-scan™ bite analysis and a BioJVA™ to also determine if your pain is from a malocclusion as well as TMJ disorder. Because of the minimally invasive nature of the surface EMG, you’ll be able to return to normal activity following your appointment.
What treatments are available following the diagnosis?
The results from these tests can give our team all the information we need to develop a successful treatment plan and if you’ll need any follow-up appointments.
Medications can help relax your jaw muscles and reduce inflammation in the area, but they may not be necessary for all situations. He may also recommend exercises to help you strengthen your jaw muscles to keep them from engaging in involuntary movements.
You may also need to make some lifestyle changes to keep your TMJ disorder under control. Dr. Patel can recommend solutions, like dietary changes or relaxation methods, to keep your TMJ disorder in check.
Whatever the case, be sure you visit your dentist at least twice a year. Dr. Patel can check your TMJ disorder during each visit to see how well you are progressing and if you need to make any further changes in how you are managing your TMJ disorder.
Learn more about how surface EMG can help treat your TMJ disorder
Surface EMG is quickly becoming the industry-standard procedure for monitoring muscle activity because it can accurately detect any abnormalities in your facial muscles that may inhibit functionality. If you feel like you may be suffering from TMJ disorder and it is disrupting your life, Dr. Sangiv Patel and the rest of the team at Sangiv I. Patel DDS PA, can accurately diagnose your situation and develop a customized treatment plan. Contact Dr. Patel to learn about this surface EMG can work for you, as well as all of your dental needs.