The diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is among the most complex tasks in the entire dental field – so complex that an entire subspecialty called neuromuscular dentistry has been built around it. People suffered from TMD for centuries without any effective way to diagnose or treat it. Only in the last couple of decades has technology advanced to the point where effective diagnosis and treatment has even been possible.
Dr. Firouzi received his neuromuscular dentistry training at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), the most prestigious neuromuscular and cosmetic dentistry school in the nation. Successful completion of any neuromuscular dentistry program requires expert knowledge of today’s diagnostic and treatment technology. Here are a couple of the in-office technologies Dr. Firouzi uses to treat neuromuscular disorders:
The TENS Unit
The Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator (TENS) is an essential tool for both the diagnosis and treatment of TMD. This tool is used to relax the numerous face, neck, jaw, and shoulder muscles that connect to and control the temporomandibular joints. One of the characteristic symptoms of TMD is muscle tension. These muscles are tense due to constant stress caused by the overcompensation that occurs due to malocclusion. For diagnostic purposes, these muscles must be relaxed in order for Dr. Firouzi to be able to determine what your proper bite alignment should be. If these muscles are not fully relaxed, then they will simply behave as they have been conditioned to, which is precisely what needs to be corrected.
The TENS unit is also helpful in the treatment of TMD. TMD does not develop overnight, nor does it go away overnight. It will take some time before your TMD-related muscle tension will go away. TENS unit treatments can aid in relaxing these muscles and alleviating any muscle-related pain.
The CT scan is one of the most important technologies in all of medicine. Dr. Firouzi uses CT imaging to map your teeth and jaw structure in order to determine the precise nature of your malocclusion and any other structural problems that may be causing your TMD.