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Lasers | Onset Anesthetic Buffer | Spectra | Tru-Align | Velscope

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A healthy mouth consists of more than just teeth free of cavities and gum tissue. The proper function of the jaws, joints, jaw muscles, and bite relationship is necessary. Advanced technology employed here at Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry provides our patients with superior and precise information for better diagnosis and treatment.

Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA)

JVA

Joint vibration analysis 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, then friction and vibration are created when these surfaces articulate.

Jaw joints have surfaces which rub together in function. Smooth, well lubricated surfaces in proper relationship produce little friction and little vibration. Surface changes, such as those caused by degeneration, tears, or displacements of the disk, generally produce friction and vibration. Different disorders can produce different vibration patterns, or “signatures”. Joint Vibration Analysis (or JVA) helps identify these patterns. JVA provides a fast, non-invasive, and repeatable measurement of the temporal-mandibular joint (TMJ) function to aid in diagnosis of TMJ health

Jaw Tracking (EGG)

JT

Computerized Jaw Tracking (Electroganthography) provides objective information and 3-D tracking of mandibular movement. The device monitors speed, direction, and quantity movement of the jaw. Combined with Joint Vibration Analysis, it provides reliable data concerning the health of the temporal mandibular joints.


Electromyography (EMG)

EMG

Electromyography (EMG) records the electrical activity of the jaw muscles by the use of surface electrodes. We learn much objective information concerning both the resting, the functioning, and the para-functional activity of the muscles. Muscle tonus in healthy muscle is different than muscle tonus of imbalanced, uncoordinated, and overworked unhealthy muscle. Measuring the electrical acitvity of the muscle can help determine the effetiveness of appliances and dental restorations. We can monitor the function of resting, chewing, and swallowing according to time, force, and coordination of the muscle groups.

T-Scan

Tscan

The T-Scan, a computerized bite analysis instrument, allows us to be extremely concise in adjusting bite relations. Unlike the typical carbon-type bite checking paper which only shows where a contact is, the T-Scan identifies the contact through the computer on a real-time basis, showing the bite force intensity of each contact throughout the mouth in 0.1 second intervals. This allows us to adjust the bite with a degree of precision never before attainable.