Using Ultrasonography to Assess TMJ Disorders
In the field of human medicine, medical sonography is frequently used to visualize muscles, tendons, and internal organs. Ultrasounds are also standard during routine and emergency prenatal care, allowing medical professionals to visualize the developing fetus. At DC Smiles, we’ve taken this standard medical procedure and employed a fresh, cutting-edge twist: Using ultrasound technology to observe temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disk displacement.
Affecting anywhere from 10 – 70% of the population (source), TMJ disorders are commonly characterized by pain and discomfort in the jaw and associated muscles. TMJ sufferers often experience speech impediments, as well as difficulty eating, chewing, and making facial expressions.
In order to properly treat and manage TMJ disorders, physicians must first diagnose the condition. To do this, DC Smiles’s Lawrence D. Singer, DMD uses cutting-edge, state of the art ultrasound technology. Because it is more cost-effective and accessible than traditional Magnetic Resonance imaging (MRI) technology, employing ultrasonography allows Dr. Singer to visualize, diagnose and subsequently treat TMJ disorders quickly and easily, providing our patients with immediate action.
Using ultrasound technology to diagnose and assess TMJ is a fast and precise approach that quickly puts our patients on the road to recovery and relief. For more information on how ultrasound technology can help you manage TMJ disorders, contact us.