Advanced Treatments for TMJ
TMJ Technology Charlotte
At The Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea, we ensure our patients get the best service they deserve. For treatments for TMJ disorder, we’re using the latest advancements in technology.
By using up-to-date technology, we can diagnose your symptoms accurately. It also allows us to provide you with a full treatment plan the same day you visit our Charlotte or Concord office. Listed below are the advanced instruments that Dr. Larson uses for evaluations and treatments for TMJ disorders:
PowerSpin LX Centrifuge
With platelet–rich plasma or PRP therapy, our doctors use injections of a concentration of the patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. This means we use our patients' healing system to improve their musculoskeletal problems.
To our naked eye, human blood may look like a sticky pool of liquid. However, scientists have isolated the following components within the blood:
Platelets allow our body to form a clot to stop bleeding and preserve our life after an injury. They also contain proteins that play a significant role in healing injured tissues. Through PRP treatments, our trained medical professionals can:
Draw blood from a patient.
Increase the platelet content of the blood using a technical process called centrifugation.
Inject platelet-rich blood into the affected tissues.
“When platelets are activated in the body, they release healing proteins called growth factors—regulate the timing of the cell cycle in eukaryotic cells. These growth factors (Cyclins) have a range of responsibilities, a predominant feature of which is their ability to accelerate tissue repair and improve wound healing.” Dr. Larson explains.
iTero Dental Impressions
Through the iTero Intraoral Scanner, San Francisco TMJ Specialist Dr. Larson can take a 3D digital scan or picture of a patient’s teeth. Such a device can also eliminate the risks of gagging or swallowing excess impression gel and provides increased precision.
In addition, we can digitally capture the form and structure of our patients' tooth and gum lines through a series of 3D pictures. The iTero Intraoral Scanner performs parallel confocal scanning by capturing 100,000 laser points in perfect focus. It provides greater accuracy to patients and virtually eliminates return appointments for readjustments.
BioResearch Technology: MLS Laser
MLS laser is the most advanced laser therapy system on the market today. Reduction of response times and overall treatment times are some of its benefits.
In addition, MLS laser therapy reduces the healing duration. It can decrease the time it takes to alleviate pain and inflammation by increasing circulation and encouraging the formation of fibroblasts, known as the healing process's building blocks.
Joint Vibration Analysis, or JVA, provides a non-invasive, fast, and repeatable measurement of the TMJ function. Orthodontics, prosthodontics, reconstruction, and sleep dentistry can all benefit from JVA testing.
The surfaces of the human joints rub together in function. If they’re smooth and well-lubricated, they produce little friction and vibration. However, surface changes caused by degeneration, tears, displacements of the disk, and more can create considerable vibration and friction.
Using Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) on the maxillofacial region has quickly become an extremely powerful technology for diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders. It uses an extremely low energy dose to image the head, joints, and neck. Through CBCT, dentists can receive sub-millimeter spatial resolution images of high diagnostic quality with relatively short scanning times.
Myotronics Technology K7 Evaluation System
The K7 Evaluation System by Myotronics is crucial to neuromuscular dentistry. It measures and records mandibular function and masticatory muscle status, adding invaluable information to the diagnostic process.
The K7 Evaluation System provides the dental clinician or researcher with technologies for measuring, displaying, and storing objective data on physiologic and anatomical status and function. These include jaw tracking, electromyography, and joint sonography.
J5 Myomonitor TENS Unit
The latest in the succession of Myotronics products is the J5 myomonitor TENS unit. It is proven effective for treatments for TMJ disorder.
The jaw and cervical muscles play a significant role in head posture. For years, many dentists have stimulated them as part of the overall diagnosis and treatment process. The J5 myomonitor TENS unit is a valuable tool for in-office procedures for in-bite registration and occlusal adjustment. It is also useful for treatments for TMJ dysfunction and associated pain.
Reach Out to Us Today for Quality Treatments for TMJ Disorder
If you’re looking for a clinic that provides treatments for TMJ disorders, don’t hesitate to contact The Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea today. Feel free to get in touch with us as well if you need experts in sleep diagnosis.