Grinding your teeth can cause unbearable jaw and head pain.
Now there is a very specific diagnostic method that helps relieve the condition that has many of us in the clench. It's called Joint Vibration Analysis or the JVA quick test. It's used to determine if a patient's jaw joint is damaged.
Ray Becker, DDS, a dentist at Howard County Smiles says, "The patient comes in and has the test done, which is simple. It's just two sensors that look like headphones that go onto the ears. There's zero discomfort. There's zero pain and within a minute, we can tell exactly what's going on with that patient's joint."
The teeth, muscles and joints should work in perfect harmony when we talk, eat, even yawn. When one is out of balance, there's pain.
Laura Hyde says, "There would be mornings where I literally could not get through a two-hour long evaluation or treatment session just because it hurt so much for me to talk. My overall quality of life is so much better. I don't wake up every morning with a headache."
For amber, an oral appliance made all the difference.
Amber Langmeier says, "i can honestly say I don't clench anymore. For the first time, I realize how it feels to not have tight muscles and not to hold tension in my head and neck and jaw area."
With more than half the population suffering from TMJ, the JVA quick test gives patients more precise treatment options.
Becker says, "I'm a strong advocate of using data and equipment and technology to get facts, so we can build our responses, diagnosis and treatments on that.""
Dr. Becker says most dentists with JVA provide it free or for a very low cost because it is invaluable in getting to the proper diagnosis, just like taking your blood pressure at a doctor's appointment.