Diagnostic Testing

1 of 2 Natural Fit Orthotic Appointments

Duration: approximately 3 hours

The Diagnostic Testing section of the TMJ Therapy process tells us about your present condition and helps us find an improved bite position for your orthotic (TMJ dental appliance). This first appointment is typically 3 hours in length. Please plan for at least that amount of time in your schedule.

What’s used for Diagnostic Testing?

EMG Testing

EMG Testing

Muscle activity testing to determine specific problems.

Jaw Motion Tracking

Jaw Motion Tracking

Observe existing jaw activity and find improved jaw functions.

Muscle Relaxation Therapy

Muscle Relaxation Therapy

The ultra low frequency T.E.N.S. provides gentle pulses to relax jaw and neck muscles.

Your Diagnostic Testing

“Our goal is to reduce functional and structural strain caused by TMJ disorder.”Dr. Curtis Westersund
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    Preliminary Scans

    Scans (tests) of your present jaw and muscle function to form a baseline.

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    Relaxation Therapy

    45 – 60 minutes of pulsing therapy for restore balance to jaw and neck muscles.

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    Diagnostic Bite

    Determining and capturing a healthy balanced bite position for your new orthotic.

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    Digital Impression

    We will take digital impressions of your upper and lower teeth to begin orthotic construction.

Diagnostic Testing FAQ’s

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    Chiropractic alignment first?

    We will discuss with you the need for checking alignment with the NUCCA Chiropractor prior to the insertion appointment.

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    What to wear?

    Choose comfortable clothes as you will be sitting during your appointment. Bring your work or computer for you will have 45 – 60 minutes to rest with our T.E.N.S. therapy pulsing jaw and neck muscles. No phone calls during your physiotherapy though.

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    Can I wear make-up?

    If you can, do not wear makeup for your appointment. If you have to wear makeup please bring any replacement makeup you will need after your appointment. We will be cleaning your skin so that our muscle monitoring gel pads and our physiotherapy gel pads have a clean contact with your skin.

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    Do I need to be clean shaven?

    We need clean and shaved skin for the contact of our gel pads. If you have large sideburns, a beard, or your just didn’t shave that day, we will need to trim for our testing. We do have an electric shaver available if you forget.

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    Will you be taking any dental impressions?

    We take digital impressions of your upper and lower teeth. None of the messy impression trays. Today we can keep your entire care in a digital work flow. This allows us to provide the most accurate appliance for your healing phase.

TMJ diagnostic testing

Second Appointment: Orthotic Delivery

At your second appointment we will be delivering your lower removable dental orthotic called a “Natural Fit Orthotic.” You may require functional alignment assessment on day of delivery.

  1. Orthotic Try-in
  2. ULF TENS Physiotherapy (45 – 60 minutes)
  3. Orthotic adjustments to balanced functional bite position.

Your appointment time will be 1.5 – 2 hours long. Please plan your time for this appointment accordingly. The same rules for makeup and facial hair apply for your second appointment.

Next: Orthotic (TMJ Dental Appliance) Delivery