As a neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Adams objectively evaluates the current status of the muscles, the teeth, and the Temporomandibular joints. The muscles are evaluated through the use of electromyography, a diagnostic tool (similar to an EKG) that measures the electrical function of the facial muscles important to the functioning of the jaw. This test (typically referred to as “EMG”) will tell Dr. Adams the effectiveness of these muscles during function and their status at rest. The teeth are evaluated by a complete dental exam as well as through the study of plaster casts that Dr. Adams creates from molds taken of your upper and lower dentition
The function of the temporomandibular joints is evaluated through the use of BioJVA and Radiographs. BioJVA or “ Joint Vibration Analysis” is a diagnostic aid used to measure how the patient’s joints are functioning before starting any case that repositions the mandible. Within 2 minutes, your team can provide a highly accurate, quantitative test analyzing the stability and function of the Temporomandibular Joint. BioJVA is a quick, non-invasive method for objectively evaluating the Temporomandibular Joints. Much like the way dentists evaluate the wear on the teeth, JVA enables the dentist to assess the health of the jaw joint. BioJVA is based on simple principles of motion and friction. When smooth surfaces rub together, they create little friction and little vibration. If these surfaces become rough and rub together, then friction and vibration are created. BioJVA is a non-invasive method for objectively evaluating the Temporomandibular Joints.
Identifying a patient’s joint problems before symptoms are present.
TMJ 14Proactively guiding the dentist in treatment planning.
Allowing the patient to be educated and understand the health of his or her TM Joints.
Computerized Mandibular Scanning (“CMS” or simply “jaw tracking”). CMS allows Dr. Adams to record the movement (both up & down, forward & backward and side-to-side) of your lower jaw (the mandible) as you