Here at Pasadena Pain Management, we use a number of diagnostic tools to detect a TMJ disorder in patients. One of the most effective tools we use is called Joint Vibration Analysis, or JVA.
This is a test conducted in our Pasadena office to detect vibrations in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ is the joint of your jaw on the left and right side, and it’s used to open and close your mouth.
The device closely resembles small headphones, and is placed on the TMJ on both sides of the fact, next to your ears. JVA then goes to work, detecting, if any, vibration a patient may have in the jaw when he or she opens and closes the mouth.
Why Would the TMJ Vibrate?
A small cartilage disc sits in the joint of your upper and lower jawbone that is supposed to slide along with the jaw bone as you open and close your mouth. This disc prevents your two jaw bones from grinding on each other. If this happens, the disc can get bunched between the jawbones, causing a vibration when the mouth opens and closes.
There are many reasons that can cause the disc to become damaged or detached from the lower jawbone, such as trauma, orthodontic work, arthritis, clenching and teeth grinding.
Other symptoms of a vibrating TMJ include popping, and/or lock jaw.
What Happens After JVA Testing?
After competing your JVA testing, we will interpret your vibrations and go over the results with you.
If your TMJ appears to be functioning normally, your jaw is healthy and there is no TMJ disorder. However, if we notice signs of disorder, we may recommend a TMD treatment plan. This could include a custom made oral appliance to keep your jaw in a healthier position during sleep, dietary changes, certain lifestyle modifications such as stress reduction techniques, or alternative treatments.
In all cases, we will help you choose the most conservative treatment options available, avoiding surgery or other more intensive procedures unless absolutely necessary. We are committed to helping you manage your TMD to alleviate discomfort, restore function, and empower you with education about your oral health.
If you are suffering from TMD symptoms or would like to learn more about your TMJ function, contact us online today to schedule an appointment, or give us a call: 626-773-8333.