K7 Evaluation System

The same way an imbalanced tire can pull your car steering out of line, tension in the muscles of your face can alter the natural position of your jaw.

K7 Evaluation system proved effective on mother and child  When your mouth doesn’t open and close as it should, the hinges in your jawbone—known as the temperomandibular joints (TMJ)—can become irritated and painful. Common symptoms of TMJ problems include severe headaches, pain in the neck and back, a clicking jaw, ringing in the ears, and worn teeth.

Neuromuscular dentistry is a painless means of reducing or eliminating TMJ symptoms by finding the ideal resting position for your jaw. At Metropolitan Dental, we use the K7 Evaluation System to measure the way your jaw moves and help it ease into this optimal position.

The system has several components. One is a computerized scanner that measures the movement of your jaw and the speed at which it opens and closes; the second records the electrical impulses emitted by your jaw muscles; and the third analyzes clicking and grinding sounds from your TMJ.

A TENS unit comes into play after we’ve determined exactly how your jaw should sit at rest. It stimulates the nerves that control your facial muscles using a mild electronic impulse that mimics the pulsing action of a massage.

This relaxes your jaw muscles completely—not only alleviating any discomfort but also enabling us to create a custom mouthpiece called an orthotic that will support your jaw into this comfortable position either throughout the day or when you are sleeping.

 

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    Hello everyone! This is coming to all of you with good news! We have finally received official approval to head back to work. We have been closed for almost three months. Needless to say we are all quite excited to head back to Metropolitan Dental and to once again see all of you for your dental needs.

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