Once Dr. Widen has diagnosed you with TMJ Dysfunction, he will determine the best course of treatment for your specific needs. Typically, treatment will follow 2 Phases:
- Relieve muscle spasm and pain.
- Heal TMJ Joints
- Stabilize the bite.
The J-5 Myomonitor is a muscle stimulating device to help relax muscles of both the jaw and neck simultaneously using Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation or TENS. It produces an Ultra Low Frequency pulse which stimulates a nerve and in turn relaxes the muscles attached to that nerve. It is a battery powered device that the guest controls and it is used to treat the following:
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction & associated pain
- To relieve symptoms associated with muscle spasm
- To relax muscles and establish a physiologic biting position
- To take bite registrations and impressions for dentures
- To increase blood circulation
- To maintain or increase mandibular range of motion
This gives us accurate reproducible physiologic rest position or the position in which measurements of muscle activity is calmest. The ultimate goal is relaxed muscles and relaxed muscles are free from tension and pain and will function properly when chewing, speaking and smiling. Tense muscles can cause head, neck and back pain and this new technology may help relieve some of these symptoms. An orthotic is constructed to fit over the teeth to help the muscles relax at the position as determined by Dr. Widen with the help of the J5.
Once symptoms are relieved and the bite has been stabilized, Dr. Widen will move on to the next step to permanently stabilize your bite at the new position, this may include: smoothing and reshaping the enamel of the teeth, removable overlay partials, reconstruction with porcelain crowns/onlays/veneers or orthodontics (Braces).