Joint Vibration Analysis at Allenton Dental
Whenever we move our jaws to eat, talk or swallow we use a series of muscles to move the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
The TMJ is a complex structure of bone, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and muscles bound together in a capsule. The capsule is filled with lubricating fluid produced by special cells.
In a normal joint, as your jaw opens the top of the jaw bone moves down a groove in your skull. To stop any rubbing and grinding a disk of cartilage, positioned between the two bones, moves with the jaw.
If the disk of cartilage has become dislocated the jaw bone rubs against the skull often causing pain. As your jaw opens wide the cartilage, which is tethered to the back of the joint, pops back into place.
Over time the stress on the joint structures caused by the dislocation of the disk can cause significant and irreparable damage. As we move the TMJ several thousand times a day, ensuring it moves correctly is critical to your health.
Symptoms on TMJ damage can include facial and jaw pain, dizziness, chronic headaches and ringing in the ears.
We also use a joint vibration analyser (JVA) to sense the vibrations coming from the joint to determine the internal condition of the TMJ. This is a very accurate method and is completely non-invasive.
Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA) places a set of sensors is placed over the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). You open and close your mouth to make your TMJ function. The sensors pick up the vibrations coming from the TMJ on each side and the data is analysed to produce a very accurate understanding of your joint. Being the only Bio-PAK centre in the East Midlands, Allenton Dental in Derby are the only dental practice able to provide this service.