Computerized TMJ Analysis
What is it? Dentistry has for years lagged behind in technology as opposed to medicine when it comes to treating complex issues such as TMJ and bite problems. Most dentist still arbitrarily guess where to position the jaw and to determine what the problems are with the TMJ joint. For example, your cardiologist does not use a stethoscope to determine how your heart muscles are, they use EKG’s. Computerized TMJ Analysis allows for us to use EMG’s in a similar manner to determine which muscles are not working properly with the jaw alignment. This coupled with many other computerized scans allows us to assess what problems are present and allows us to treat the problems accordingly. Electronic jaw tracking and electrosonography two additional scans that the computerized TMJ analysis allows us to assess.
The electronic jaw tracking allows us to see the actual movements of the jaw in three dimensions. The electrosonography listens to the joint sounds in which an assessment to degree of degeneration can be seen.
In addition to providing such in depth information, when corrections are made to the joint and bite, we can ascertain that the muscles and joints are responding correctly and allowing for stability. Everything can be measured and analyzed, The computerized analysis provides so much information about the joints,muscles, and bite as opposed to arbitrarily placing a splint in and hoping that the patient gets better.
The computerized scans are also used to help adjust the bite, verify stability during treatment. This is amazing technology that provides such insight to a complex issue.
This is a revolutionaary and patented neuroscience technology is proven to reduce stress and improve sleep quality. We are proud to offer this to help our patients relax without using drugs. NuCalm also works to help healing and relax muscles, which helps us help our TMJ patients feel better as well as get a better bite for their treatment. It is interesting to know that professionals and Olympic athletes also use NuCalm to help with recovery and relaxation. This has a special place in our practice to help patients.
Gagging has often created dental fears, we now use this laser to dramatically decrease or even eliminate gagging with dental impressions or dental care. It is painless and takes less than a minute. Truly a unique tool to have to help patients.
New Bonding Resins by Empress Direct
This is an exciting product that we added to our armentarium for bonding teeth. The Empress Direct has true to nature shades that allow us to seamlessly and artistically mimic nature. Additionally, this system polishes beautifully to a gloss and lustre as well as retains this surface gloss.
What are the differences between this bonding technique as opposed to traditional bonding? The new system offers much more natural shading and polishability.
What lasers are used? Lasers have come a long way in dentistry and allow for better and less invasive dentistry.
What procedures are they used for? Lasers in dentistry are used for a variety of procedures. The Diode laser in our office is primarily used for painlessly recontouring and removing soft tissue (gums) for functional and/or cosmetic dentistry procedures. Additionally, we use this for frenectomies and removing small lesions.
The lasers offer a huge advantage over traditional methods of using a blade to cut as there is no bleeding, no post op pain, and the tissues heal so much better. I cannot imagine practicing without this laser.
Immediate Dentinal Seal Technique
This is a new technique that is now being used to protect the nerve inside the tooth after dental care is performed. For example if an onlay, crown, or veneer is being completed and a temporary placed, rather then waiting until the patient returns and the long term restoration placed, the tooth is immediately disinfected and the nerve sealed off. This technique can be likened to placing medicine on a cut immediately as opposed to waiting a week. The benefits are reduced risk of endodontic treatment (root canal).
NewTom CBCT Scan
We are proud to have this technology in our office. This is the most important tool for planning of dental implant placement. Our CBCT has advantages over CT scans, the first and most important is the tremendous reduction in radiation to our patients. The second is the ability to select the fields of view from small to large. Using this CBCT for dental implants, we are able to see the bone, nerves and plan dental implant cases without any guess work.
The use of our CBCT scans is also necessary to assist in treating TMJ cases. Again, this is hugely valuable as we do have a full field of view which allows for visualization of the head, neck, and jaw joints all which are important and involved when treating TMJ pain patients.
There are also many other high tech uses for our CBCT such as visualization of cracks on teeth and infections that do not show on conventional films.
Software must be used to reconstruct the CBCT scans. The Invivvo software is a highly sophisticated program that our office uses to get the views we need. Having the software allows us to be sure the views are constructed properly for correct diagnosis.
The use of the water pik is gaining popularity as it is easier to use than flossing and is often more effective in getting deeper into the gums.
ZOOM and KoR Bleaching Procedures
These are what I consider to be the best bleaching technologies on the market today. To be effective, proper protocols and designs must be followed.
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