At Gorman Dental, we have the latest, state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to provide our patients with the very best care:
TEKSCAN Bite Analysis
The T-Scan system is a valuable tool that aids in the diagnostic process of analyzing a patient’s bite to show what is and what is not functioning properly.
JVA – Joint Vibration Analysis
JVA provides a fast, non-invasive, and repeatable measurement of TMJ function to aid in the proper diagnosis of TMJ function. Understanding TMJ function is vital anytime you are changing the vertical, lateral, or A/P position of the mandible. Common treatments that change mandibular such as TMD treatment, Orthodontics, Prosthodontics, Reconstruction and Sleep Dentistry can all benefit from JVA testing.
Pharyngometer / Rhynometer
The pharyngometer test is used to map the cross-sectional diameter of the oral airway and measure its stability. This allows Dr. Gorman to discover existing points of obstruction as well as what the patient’s optimal breathing position would be. In order to check the nasal passages, the Rhinometer test is performed first. This tool helps to rule out any obstruction or enlargement in the turbinates as the cause of sleep disordered breathing problem. In addition, the pharyngometer is instrumental in determining patients eligibility regarding successful oral appliance therapy.
Cone Beam / CT Scan
Allows for excellent visualization of facial skeletal anatomy but at significantly lower radiation dosages than medical-grade CT scanners. These scans are used most often for obtaining screening views of the airways for sleep apnea as well as upper and lower jaw and condyles for TMJ issues.
Mounted Study Models
If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms, a comprehensive diagnosis is needed to evaluate your chewing system. To accurately diagnose bite dysfunctions, mounted study models of your teeth are essential along with a dental examination, periodontal examination, jaw joint evaluation and muscle examination. The models of your teeth are then mounted on an instrument (articulator) that simulates your lower jaw movements allowing the dentist to evaluate the mechanics of your bite in relation to your jaw joints.