SAN 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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