The first step in diagnosing TMJ is helping your jaw relax with the TENS unit. The TENS gently uses light electrical impulses to help your jaw muscles relax. This allows waste products like lactic acid to drain out of your muscles, relieving pain and tension as well as helping your jaw move into its optimal position.
Once your jaw is relaxed, we use the Myotronics K7 system to measure and evaluate your bite and its functioning. It takes gentle, non-invasive measurements of your jaw and gives us comprehensive data about your bite and the TMJ joint that helps us develop your treatment plan. We also use sonography as an evaluation tool. This scan helps us to listen to the TMJ sounds and compare them to normal data. We evaluate the duration of the sounds and exact location of the sounds during jaw opening and closing.