Myotronics Technology Spotlighted During TMJ Awareness Month

TMJ DisorderSAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA- Greg D. Larson, DDS is a general and cosmetic dentistry in San Francisco, but “dentistry” encompasses more than just teeth. November is TMJ Awareness Month, so we’re spreading the word of how Dr. Greg Larson utilizes Myotronics K-7 technology to evaluate and remedy painful TMJ disorders.

A TMJ disorder occurs when the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull (the tempomandibular joint, termed TMJ) is strained. The added pressure can stem from excessive teeth grinding, imbalanced body alignment, mouth trauma or arthritis.

This debilitating condition affects more than the jaw joint. Surrounding joints, facial muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and teeth also feel the brunt of a strained TMJ. Since TMJ disorders affect such a large portion of the head and neck, unpleasant symptoms typically ensue. These include:

  • Migraine headaches
  • Earaches or ringing in the ears
  • Neck, shoulder and arm pain
  • Hearing loss
  • Limited movement in the jaw
  • Difficulty chewing or speaking
  • Facial muscle and jaw fatigue
  • Odd clicking or popping noises when moving the jaw
  • A locked jaw

Identifying the proper placement of your jaw is vital to relieving the painful symptoms of a TMJ disorder. We possess the technology to do just that. Prior to treatment, neuromuscular dentist Dr. Larson closely analyzes multiple aspects of the patient’s jaw position and bite with the Myotronics K7 evaluation system.

By gaining insight on the relationship between each patient’s facial muscles, teeth and jaw joints, Dr. Larson can better determine suitable TMJ treatment, which often is a precision orthotic that guides the jaw to rest in a position which allows the muscles, teeth and joints to be in harmony.

The Myotronics system provides crucial information to Dr. Larson through jaw tracking, electromyography and joint sonography. Professional jargon aside, these just mean that the optimal resting position of your jaw bone is identified through the use of muscle activity sensors and computerized scans which are used in identifying, diagnosing and formulating the blue print for personalized TMJ treatments.

Years of education and experience have taught Dr. Larson that a thorough understanding of each patient’s situation is key to accurate diagnosis and treatment. After treatment is complete, patients will enjoy a more balanced jaw and comfortable bite that no longer sparks pain and inhibits daily actions. To learn more about our Myotronics K7 system and Dr. Larson, who is a renowned general, neuromuscular and cosmetic dentist in San Francisco, please schedule a consultation with us.

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5 Bad Brushing Habits Patients Need to Avoid

San Francisco Veneers AND  Brushing HabitsSAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA- It’s obvious – brushing your teeth regularly can prevent a host of dental issues, not to mention bad breath. There’s a proper way to brush teeth, but many Americans actually fail to implement correct brushing practices. Greg D. Larson, DDS, and the team at Larson Dentistry encourage adequate teeth brushing to guard the mouth against cavities, periodontal disease, plaque buildup and more. Here’s a few of the common mistakes patients make when cleaning their teeth.

There’s no need to rush. Slow and steady wins the race…and achieves good dental hygiene! Many patients speed through the brushing process in about 30 seconds, but Dr. Larson recommends brushing for two minutes, at least. Cleaning for this amount of time will help ensure all areas of the mouth are attended to, including gums, tongue and cheeks. Try timing yourself on your phone or using an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer.

Show mercy on your teeth. Teeth may look and feel tough, but our smiles are actually extremely sensitive and require a gentle brushing action. Trade hard bristled toothbrushes for softer options, and refrain from aggressively scrubbing. You may be convinced you’re reaching more plaque, but rough brushing practices actually erode the enamel, leaving teeth more susceptible to yellowing plaque and harmful bacteria.

Focus on the task at hand. Brushing has become so habitual, may patients watch TV, pet the dog or wander around the house while cleaning their teeth. Inevitably, this lessens the quality and reach of the brushing. The most effective way to clean teeth is by watching yourself in the mirror as you brush. This will heighten your sense of awareness and help you notice what areas of the smile are commonly neglected when brushing. It’s always a good idea to occasionally inspect your teeth to spot dental abnormalities like cavities, yellowing or flattened molar surfaces, and signs of TMJ disorders. Be sure to promptly call Dr. Larson, who also offers San Francisco veneers, if any these issues are identified.

Perfect your brushing technique. When cleaning the teeth, focus on moving the head of the toothbrush in a circular motion. This technique is the most effective way to remove plaque while sustaining the enamel. Many patients have grown accustomed to brushing in a left to right motion, but this action can also harm the enamel and worsen sensitivity.

Don’t forget to rinse. Thorough brushing uproots cemented plaque from the teeth’s surface, but rinsing with a mouthwash or fluoride treatment is the only sure-fire way to permanently rid the mouth of bacteria. Mouthwash also offers additional benefits, like added germ killing, loosening plaque wedged in between teeth and providing minty fresh breath. If you don’t have mouthwash on hand, a good swish of water will also help to rinse away bacteria.

Dr. Larson, a sedation dentist SF, excels in general and preventative dentistry by performing detailed teeth cleanings for his patients. He and the knowledgeable team at Larson Dentistry thoroughly inspect every smile for dental abnormalities during routine appointments to ensure patients maintain a healthy smile. Dr. Larson is also a renowned San Francisco cosmetic dentist who provides popular solutions like Invisalign, porcelain veneers and dental implants, among other services. To discover more about Dr. Larson, schedule a consultation today.

© 2013 Sinai Marketing and Dr. Greg Larson. Authorization to post is granted, with the stipulation that Sinai Marketing and Dr. Greg Larson are credited as sole source. Linking to other sites from this press release is strictly prohibited, with the exception of herein imbedded links.