JVA Quick Test for TMJ


Ellicott City, Md. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Grinding your teeth at night is common, but in some cases, it can actually break your molars in half, causing severe jaw and head pain. A night guard is the appliance most commonly prescribed by dentists, but that doesn’t always fix the problem and sometimes even makes the patient’s pain worse.  Now, there is a cutting-edge diagnostic tool that can determine what is making your jaw snap, crackle and pop.

It’s called joint vibration analysis, or the JVA quick test.  It’s used to determine if a patient’s jaw joint is damaged.

Ray Becker, D.D.S., F.A.G.D, a dentist at Howard County Smiles in Ellicott City, Maryland, said “The patient comes in and has the test done, which is simple. It’s just two sensors that look like headphones that go onto the ears. There’s zero discomfort. There’s zero pain and within a minute, we can tell exactly what’s going on with that patient’s joint.” (Read Full Interview)

The teeth, muscles and joints should work in perfect harmony when we talk, eat, even yawn. When one is out of balance, there’s pain.

Laura Hyde told Ivanhoe, “There would be mornings where I literally could not get through a two-hour long evaluation or treatment session just because it hurt so much for me to talk.”

Dr. Becker said, “We actually expanded her upper skull.”

Hyde detailed, “My overall quality of life is so much better. I don’t wake up every morning with a headache.”

For Amber Langmeier, an oral appliance made all the difference.

Langmeier said, “I can honestly say I don’t clench anymore. For the first time, I realize how it feels to not have tight muscles and not to hold tension in my head and neck and jaw area.”

With more than half the population suffering from TMJ, the JVA quick test gives patients more precise treatment options.

“I’m a strong advocate of using data and equipment and technology to get facts, so we can build our responses, diagnosis and treatments on that,” detailed Dr. Becker.

Dr. Becker said most dentists with JVA provide it free or for a very low cast because it is invaluable in getting to the proper diagnosis, just like taking your blood pressure at a doctor’s appointment.

Contributors to this news report include: Cyndy McGrath Supervising Producer; Donna Parker, Field Producer; Milvionne Chery, Assistant Producer; Roque Correa, Editor; Marty Jenoff, Videographer.




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BACKGROUND: The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts like a sliding hinge, which connects your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorders cause pain in the jaw joint and muscles, and can be developed from bruxism, more commonly known as grinding your teeth.  The signs and symptoms of bruxism include teeth that are flattened, fractured, chipped, or lose, worn tooth enamel, tooth sensitivity, pain or soreness in the jaw and face, damage from chewing on your cheek, indentations on the tongue, pain that feels like an earache, or a dull headache originating in the temples. Bruxism can be caused by emotions such as anger, anxiety, or stress, abnormal alignment of upper and lower teeth, stomach acid reflux into the esophagus, or a coping strategy or focusing habit. Common treatments are splints or mouth guards, dental correction, muscle relaxants, or therapies if it is caused from emotional stress. The best way to find an effective treatment is discovering what the underlying problem is, which is where the JVA quick test comes in.                                                                                           (Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bruxism/basics/definition/con-20029395)

DIAGNOSIS: Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA) is a test that uses principles of motion and friction to identify abnormalities. Normal human joints rub together smoothly and functionally, which creates little to no vibration and friction.  Degeneration, tears, or displacements of the disk, cause surface changes that are rough which result in friction and vibration. Different disorders produce different vibration patterns or signatures. An analysis of the vibrations can help identify various TMJ disorders, thus detecting the underlying problem. JVA is non-invasive and repeatable, and patients can know their results in minutes.(Source: https://www.bioresearchinc.com/items/jva/)

MAKING IT MAINSTREAM: Fewer than two percent of dentists use the joint vibration analysis test but more than half the population suffers from TMJ disorders. In a Dentistry Today article, a dental consultant is calling for the implementation of JVA into regular periodic exams. If there are no results then the patient has not lost anything, but if results show positive indicators, the patient can schedule a follow-up and potentially stop a TMJ disorder in its tracks.
(Source: http://www.dentistrytoday.com/technology/3487-joint-vibration-analysis-in-routine-restorative-dentistry)


Ray Becker, DDS, FAGD



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