The temporomandibular joints and the muscles of mastication are evaluated along with a full dental and bite assessment.
Each patient is given a thorough examination. Medical and dental history are reviewed along with any history of trauma. A cervical and spinal examination including posture assessment and range of motion in conducted.
Stress and sleep problems are also evaluated. Neurologic, radiographic and orthopedic evaluation and diagnostic testing is available as needed.
After the final diagnosis is made, an individualized treatment plan is designed.
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Patients of The Craniofacial Pain and Headache Center report not only head, face and jaw pain but frequently report neck, shoulder, upper back and upper extremity pain and associated symptoms as a complex of pathologies. These can include cardiac pathology, cerebrovascular disorders, cervical disc disease, degenerative joint disease, arthridities and malignancy.
Occupational Therapy Evaluation consists of a questionnaire, brief phone Interview and home or worksite assessment to identify factors that may be contributing to pain impact on daily role performance.
Occupational Therapy Consultation helps patients integrate healthy self-management techniques into daily function in the home and/or the workplace.
The Occupational Therapist provides onsite evaluation of ergonomic and behavioral factors contributing to pain problems. Following completion of the home or worksite evaluation by the occupational therapist, a consultative report is provided to the patient and follow-up services are available, if requested.
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Computerized T-SCAN Analysis
The T-Scan® III is a computarized system used to measure dental occlusal forces and quantify how well-balanced a patient’s occlusion is. It is commonly used at specific stages of treatment to provide the patient with a balanced dental occlusion and the practitioner with an objective way of looking at that dental occlusion. The sustem can also be used in conjunction with an Electromyographic system.
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Orthodontic treatment is frequently required as a second phase to TMD and orofacial pain management.
Once symptoms have been controlled, dental malocclusion problems have to be addressed.
Although Orthodontics treatment does not guarantee that the patient will be pain free after its completion, it will provide patients with a better dental relationship and esthetics.