TMJ & Migraine Therapy
As a highly trained general dentist in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ, Benton Family Dentistry is highly focused on treating the symptoms of TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) — migraine headaches, head and neck discomfort, and TMJ tension headaches. Dr.Benton has gained a very unique perspective into the field of TMD, headaches, migraines, whiplash related TMD. Dr. Benton has trained with experts in the TMD field from various disciplines in medicine and dentistry. He brings a unique, multidisciplinary approach using techniques and concepts from physicians, ear nose and throat doctors, neurologists, chiropractors, physical therapists, dentists, and natural health practitioners. Benton Family Dentistry incorporates the knowledge of these specialties to help you find true relief from your TMJ symptoms, tension headaches, migraine headaches, and head and neck pain. Our therapy is non-surgical, and most of our patients have come to us after seeking pain relief elsewhere. We have patients that have seen every specialty of medicine and diversity of care giver available. It is not uncommon for patients to have been seeking relief from their symptoms for years, even decades.
Benton Family Dentistry prides itself in offering exceptional, personalized service, beginning with your first visit. During data collection, Dr. B will use a range of today’s best diagnostic equipment to collect information about your bite. Using these tests, he can make a more accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
Technologies that Dr. Benton and his team have invested in to be able to treat patients objectively and precisely:
Cone Beam Computer Topography
Cone beam computer topography gives us a clear, comprehensive view of your teeth, bone structure, and joints. With a cone beam scan, we can check to see that your joints are stable and adaptable. Before making a diagnosis, we want to make sure there are no arthritic changes or damages that could compromise what we do. A complete scan takes just a few seconds to complete and exposes patients to far less radiation than other methods.
Using EMG (which stands for electromyography), Dr. Benton can measure the electrical signals associated with muscles in the jaw. Because TMD can be traced back to distressed muscles, taking an accurate reading of muscle activity will help us create an accurate diagnosis of your condition.
TekScan Occlusal Analysis
A TekScan Occlusal Analysis measures and records the force and timing of your bite. Based on the results, Dr. Sutter can determine whether tooth anatomy or previous dentistry is part of the problem. Through TekScan Dr Sutter can see where any adjustments to your bite are needed. Studies show that TekScan is more accurate (95%) than bite paper alone (12%). We go over any adjustments to make sure you understand exactly what is going to be done before proceeding.