People who suffer with TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) are always looking for ways to find relief from the headaches, neck pain, facial pain, muscle aches, and the other symptoms that can make it hard to function day to day. It is not only a quality of life issue, though – TMJ can be related to serious problems such as obstructive sleep apnea and bruxism, or the clenching and grinding of teeth.
Diagnosing TMJ can be difficult, as some of the symptoms are similar to those that come with other health problems. That’s why it is important to have a careful evaluation of the jaw and teeth so that proper treatment can begin, and that’s where the K7 evaluation system comes in.
What is the K7 system?
One problem that causes TMJ is when your “bite” is misaligned, that is, your top and bottom teeth don’t fit together as they should. This can cause jaw pain and misalignment and eventually TMJ.
There is an “ideal” position for the jaw to be in to help patients with TMJ, and a custom-fit oral appliance made by your dentist can help move the jaw into this position. However, unfortunately, figuring out what that “ideal” position is can be difficult.
The K7 evaluation system can help. Your dentist can use it to create three-dimensional images of your jaw when opening and closing. This information is used to determine how your bite should align and how your jaw needs to be adjusted, as well as giving insight into your TMJ symptoms. It is a quick, simple, noninvasive way for your dentist to get the most precise information possible to treat your TMJ effectively. After your TMJ is evaluated with the K7, you and your dentist can discuss treatment options, such as full mouth restoration, a custom orthotic, or an orthodontic treatment, among others.
The K7 evaluation system is just one more way to help patients suffering from TMJ. Call for an appointment today to discuss options for TMJ relief, at Arlington Dental Aesthetics in Arlington at (703) 527-1020 or South Riding Smiles in South Riding at (703) 327-7705.