At Hunter Dental in Markham, our dentists use Joint Vibration Analysis, 3D Jaw Tracker technology and T-Scan tools to assess the function of your jaw and measure the force of your bite. This allows us to diagnose issues with your TMJ, and plan appropriate treatments.
TMJ Diagnostic Tools
As part of your comprehensive oral exam or a jaw joint and muscle assessment at Hunter Dental, our dentists use diagnostic tools and techniques to diagnose TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) and plan effective treatments. These tools are sometimes used as a pre-cursor to Invisalign treatment to help improve your bite, your smile, and your oral health.
At Hunter Dental, we use three diagnostic tools for TMJ:
- Joint Vibration Analysis
Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA) is used in combination with T-Scan Occlusal Analysis to gather data on how the mechanics of your jaw joint are functioning. These tools allow us to identify clicks and pops that a patient may not have noticed.
If you are experiencing jaw joint pain, JVA is a valuable diagnostic tool that allows us to detect quantifiable vibrations in your jaw joint. Measuring these vibrations helps us determine the stage and level of joint pathology. This tool is often used in combination with Jaw Tracker JT-3D™ technology.
- Jaw Tracker
For patients with more severe jaw joint pathology, JT-3D technology allow us to assess 3D jaw movements and quantify any aberrations.
Jaw Tracker and Joint Vibration Analysis are often used in combination to provide a comprehensive jaw function analysis, which also involves assessing your bite.
- T-Scan Occlusal Analysis
A T-Scan Occlusal Analysis allows us to measure the overall force of your bite (occlusion), the timing of the forces and balance of forces.
With this information, we will be able to identify which teeth need adjusting in order to balance the bite and improve the function of your jaw.
T-Scans are sometimes used in combination with Invisalign scans to enhance the effectiveness of each.
Diagnosing TMJ issues
When it comes to identifying the cause of your jaw joint pain, our dentists at Hunter Dental use tools and technologies to diagnose your issue. We are happy to discuss your symptoms, explain possible treatment options and develop a custom treatment plan that will work for you.