Veneman Dental Care is known for providing effective TMJ treatment in Maplewood, MN and St. Croix Falls and Woodville, WI. But what is TMJ, a disease? It’s actually the temporomandibular joint—or TMJ for short—the place in your body where various jaw, tooth, and facial issues originate. You have two temporomandibular joints; each connects your lower jaw to your skull at one side of your head. These act as hinges that allow you to open and close your mouth. As such, they’re key to eating, speaking, and having a comfortable daily life. When these joints don’t function properly it can indicate a TMJ disorder, which can be associated with a variety of problems, including jaw pain and popping, teeth grinding, misaligned teeth, migraines, headaches, and neck pain and stiffness. Our team has the training and expertise to alleviate these problems with innovative, technology-driven treatments.
TruDenta is an advanced system that enables us to provide precise diagnoses and comprehensive, medication-independent therapies to ease a variety of TMJ disorder symptoms. For this treatment we’ll bring you in to one of our offices and perform a tooth-by-tooth analysis using our advanced T-Scan™ technology from Tekscan. During the visit we’ll connect you to monitors that will show us the range of motion in your head and neck and allow us to detect any issues with your jaw movement and bite force. From there we can help you relax your head and facial muscles using ultrasound and facial massage. We may also perform an occlusal adjustment, during which we file down certain teeth to correct your bite. In limited cases, we may use mouthguards.
Our approach to TMJ treatment follows the proven techniques and protocols of Dr. Steven Olmos, founder of the acclaimed TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre International, where members of our team have received training. Empowered by that expertise, we can treat not only your TMJ symptoms but also sleep apnea and other related conditions as well.
Specialized testing equipment from BioRESEARCH enables us to assess specific areas where TMJ problems can originate. BioJVA™, short for “Joint Vibration Analysis,” is a fast, non-invasive way to evaluate friction connected to the temporomandibular joints. This measures the level of vibration created during jaw movements, revealing potential issues. In addition, we use BioEMG, the worldwide standard method for recording muscle-specific activity in skeletal muscles. With this revolutionary equipment we can record craniofacial activity both while your muscles are active (i.e., chewing or clenching) and when they’re at rest. The system will show which muscles rest correctly and which ones don’t. By identifying the problem areas using these tools we can provide highly precise and relevant treatment!
TruDenta therapy helped to relieve my TMJ pain