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Diagnostic Process

Diagnostic Process

The TruDenta screening exam includes the use of two unique, patented technologies. In about five minutes, your TruDenta dentist can provide you with important, objective, diagnostic information, which may help identify the causes of your symptoms. The first device measures the opening and closing of the mouth and the bite forces within the head, neck, jaw and mouth. These detailed measurements even calculate the forces on a tooth-by-tooth basis––both in motion and at rest. Once completed, the digital bite force analysis provides a graphic display of the forces and balances within the mouth. The second device measures the range of motion of the head and neck and instantly mathematically calculates a patient’s deviance from normal motion. This can be the sign of various conditions. Your doctor will also perform a head, neck, mouth, jaw and tooth examination to further identify any potential problems. When combined, these proprietary and comprehensive exam methods can show a doctor and a patient the potential problem areas which may be leading to a patient’s unique symptoms. No other dentists in the world are equipped with this unique combination of diagnostic tools and education that are able to lead to immediate symptom resolution for many patients.

The screening exam allows a preliminary evaluation of the complexity of your particular problem.  We are able at this point to determine the level of recommended TruDenta therapy.  Should your case present with a higher level of complexity this will be discussed and we may recommend further diagnostic materials which may include:

 

Electromyography (EMG) to objectively measure the activity of the muscles of the head and neck, identify hyperactive or fatigued muscles, and identify the neuromuscular techniques proven most effective at solving these problems.

 

Sonography to evaluate joint noises and dysfunction, while the movement of the jaw is tracked in three-dimensional space.

 

TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation), a technology medical professionals use to relax muscles and relieve pain caused by spasm and tension.

 

Computerized jaw tracking. Combined with the use of TENS, we are able to find the optimal physiologic rest position of the jaw that puts it in harmony with relaxed muscles.

Cone Beam 3D Imaging.  The current emerging standard of care in dentistry and TMJ evaluation is the use of three-dimensional imaging, right in the practice office. Cone Beam imaging delivers quick and easy image acquisition, and a typical scan takes only 20 seconds. The patient benefits from less radiation (99% less than a CT scan), as well as a comfortable, open environment. Aside from the physical comfort of this system, the speed of the scan and the immediate results allows the doctor to better communicate and the patient to better understand` the aspects of a case.