Dr. Rosser is one of the leading authorities of TMJ disorders in N.W. Montana. He distinguishes himself in the field by fully utilizing the most advanced imaging technology available. MRI's and CT scans allow him to make a definitive diagnosis of the joint problem because imaging is the only way to see exactly what is going on within the jaw joint. An accurate diagnosis allows him to prescribe the individualized treatment plan each TMJ patients deserves.
Dentist and Physician referrals welcomed.
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders are a family of problems related to the complexity of the jaw joint. Problems with the TMJ commonly occur in childhood as a result of a trauma caused by a fall or blow to the face or chin, a whiplash or even a stretch trauma from surgery. Unaddressed or unnoticed at the time, the injury can manifest later in life causing an array of physical issues that won't go away. Dr. Rosser actively treats patients who experience pain and discomfort in the head, neck and jaw areas caused by damage to the jaw joint.
Some of the prevalent symptoms of a TMJ Disorder include:
Physical changes that may be noticed include:
Treating patients suffering from TMJ Disorder proposes a unique challenge and one that starts with empathy for the pain afflicting their lives. Getting to know and understand the patient's history and concerns is essential in providing the course of testing and treatment necessary to alleviate their pain and discomfort. Our goal is to return the patient to a life of normalcy.
Below is a general outline of the evaluation process, testing and treatments Dr. Rosser provides his TMJ patients.
Besides the likely benefit of immediate pain relief, Dr. Rosser performs nerve block injections to distinguish TMJ, neck or sympathetic pain sources that are often overlooked. Knowing the source and degree of pain relief from the injection allows him to prioritize the treatment needed.
Dr. Rosser reviews and evaluates the results of his exam including the functional analysis of the patients study models, photographs, MRI and CT scans and any other test results. He then shares his findings with the patient, answers any questions the patient may have and then recommends a course of treatment to relieve pain, discomfort and other TMJ symptoms.
Once a definitive TMJ diagnosis has been established, an appropriate and personalized treatment plan will be offered to the patient. All treatment options with the benefits and risks of each will be fully explained.
The most common non-surgical therapies include:
MRI: Magnetic Resonance Imaging uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the body. Relative to the TMJ, a MRI allows direct visualization and evaluation of both hard and soft tissue jaw joint structures. Multiple custom bite records of your mouth are made at Dr. Rosser's office to be utilized during the MRI process. The purpose of these bite records are to simulate jaw movements, allowing the TMJ's to be analyzed in different functioning positions. (Examples: chewing & talking)
CT: Computed Tomography scans use low dose radiation which limits exposure by utilizing the latest CB (Cone Beam) technology. The hard tissues of the TMJ's are imaged from all angles and direct measurements can be made with the software enabling precise analysis of the TMJ.
TMJ: The Temporomandibular Joints are the joints and jaw muscles that make it possible to open and close your mouth. Located on each side of your head, the TMJ enable you to chew, speak or swallow and include muscles and ligaments as well as the jaw bone. Working together, they also control the lower jaw (mandible) as it moves forward, backward and side-to-side. Each TMJ has a disk and a socket. The disk cushions the load (the biting pressure) while enabling the jaw to open widely and rotate or glide. When working properly, this amazing complex of parts and functions is like a finely tuned machine but when a trauma occurs to the joint, it can prevent the system from working properly and result in a painful and sometimes disfiguring TMJ Disorder with a domino effect of related problems.