Computerized Diagnostic Instrumentation
A variety of other techniques have been developed to diagnose TMJ diseases and disorders including mandibular jaw tracking, surface electromyography and sonography. The use of computerized electro-diagnostics is a more sophisticated approach to accurately and objectively define and treatTMJ/TMD. In the past these technologies were not available thus resulting in erroneous conclusion, misdiagnosis, and misguided treatments.
Although there are some opponents that say there is inadequate evidence to support the use and effectiveness of such diagnostics instrumentation, it is clear they are misinformed and do not understand how the instrumentation can be used and implemented to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ.
There is more than adequate confirming evidence to support the effectiveness of such diagnostic instrumentation as verified and confirmed by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Food and DrugAdministration (FDA).
The American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs has awarded Computer Mandibular Scanning (CMS), Surface Electromyography (SEMG), and Sonography
its "Seal of Acceptance", as diagnostic aids in the management of temporomandibular disorders.
(Report on Acceptance of TMD Devices, ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, JADA, Vol. 127, November 1996)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted 510k status to each of these mentioned devices for use in the diagnosis and management of TMD in my practice.
These affirmations reflect that the U.S. Government and the dental profession acknowledges the safety and efficacy of the devices as recording and measuring devices used in the diagnosis and management of TMD and orofacial pain.