At Gallery Dental of Oakbrook, our team uses the latest dental technology to provide you with more accurate and effective care. One of our most important devices is the Myotronics K7 Evaluation System. This innovative tool uses electromyography and joint sonography to determine jaw and muscle position.
As an expert in neuromuscular dentistry, Dr. Peter Noto specializes in the treatment of TMJ Disorder. With the K7 System, he can provide more accurate treatment, tailored to your specific physiology and health needs.
If you are suffering from TMJ Disorder, contact Gallery Dental of Oakbrook today.
What is the K7 system used for?
Dr. Noto uses the K7 Evaluation System to treat TMJ Disorder, a condition that affects 5 to 12% of Americans. TMD can manifest itself differently for different patients, but the most common symptoms include:
- Jaw pain and tension
- Jaw stiffness
- A popping or clicking noise with jaw movement
- Ear pain
Dr. Noto may also employ the K7 System to treat migraines, as these chronic headaches can result from improper jaw position.
Myotronics and Neuromuscular Dentistry
Myotronics has been creating innovative dental technology for over fifty-five years. Leaders in the field of neuromuscular dentistry, the company has received 34 patents. Their many developments mean that dentists can diagnose and treat even the most complex jaw function issues.
Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on jaw position and function. Trained clinicians can recognize improper bite position. Making appropriate adjustments, they can ensure that teeth come together properly and that the jaw moves correctly when opening and closing.
How does this dental technology work?
If you have been diagnosed with TMD or if you are struggling with any of the symptoms listed above, Dr. Noto can use the K7 System to uncover anatomical abnormalities. By looking at your musculoskeletal structure, he can target the root cause of your discomfort.
When you come in for an evaluation, he will place electrodes on various muscle groups in your face, all of which are related to jaw movement. Electrodes and sound waves will measure muscle movement when the jaw is in motion, open, and closed. Movement will show up on a computer screen, allowing Dr. Noto to see exactly which muscles are relaxed and which ones are in a state of chronic tension.
K7 and Your TMJ Treatment
Oral appliances are the most common treatment for TMJ Disorder. A splint can reposition your jaw and prevent chronic teeth grinding (a leading cause of TMD). Once you have your custom appliance, Dr. Noto can use the K7 System to make sure your muscles are properly aligned when you are wearing the device. If any tension shows up on the computer monitor, he can make the appropriate adjustments.
In other cases, Dr. Noto may recommend dental restorations to correct the force of your bite. With the K7 system, he can make extremely accurate diagnoses for minimally invasive treatment.
Learn More about Our Advanced Dental Technology
Learn more about the K7 System and our other technology, including soft and hard tissue lasers, as well as laser cavity detection.