Cone-Beam CT Offers Advantages for TMJ Patients

Monday, July 22nd, 2013, 8:02 pm

Using cone-beam CT offers advantages over traditional two dimensional x-rays for diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) and facial pain according to a recently published paper.Cone beam CT can help diagnose TMJ pain in Toccoa, GA. A

lmost 50% of elderly people may experience pain in the head, neck or mouth and orofacial pain is also very common among teens and younger adults. It is often hard to diagnose the reason for this pain because it can be attributed to TMD, neuralgia, headache or dental problems. TMD, also called TMJ, is considered one of the primary causes of this type of pain.

Cone-beam CT and its ability to render a three-dimensional view makes it a unique tool for accurately evaluating the health of the structures of the face and jaw. The authors of this paper wrote, “Diagnostic imaging, when indicated, is an important part of the examination process for TMD and orofacial pain patients.”

Headaches are a common complaint among patients suffering from orofacial pain and are a strong indicator for using cone-beam CT as a diagnostic tool. Many “migraine” patients find that their headaches are resolved once the problem with their jaw is diagnosed and treated.

If you experience jaw pain or clicking, headache, facial pain, sore or stiff neck you may have a temporomandibular joint disorder. Many problems with the jaw joint are caused by grinding or clenching the teeth. Most people who grind or clench are not aware they are doing this and many only grind at night. Other TMD issues are caused by a poor bite or old dental work. A dentist who has been trained in caring for patients with TMD can evaluate, diagnose and treat this problem allowing you to live without headache or facial pain.

Find out more about diagnosing and treating TMD by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439.

 

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