Along with a health history, we perform a thorough, comprehensive exam, appropriate special x-rays (we have the most sophisticated equipment available), range of motion testing, joint vibration analysis, jaw tracking, and other diagnostics on an as-needed basis. We will discuss the onset, duration and intensity of pain and may address stress and nutritional issues. This helps us arrive at an accurate diagnosis.

Special state-of-the-art equipment:

A wide range of diagnostic methods are available to identify head, neck, facial and TMJ problems. Each method is used only as needed in each individual case. These tests might include:

JVA -- Joint Vibration Analysis

The JVA, or Joint Vibration Analysis, is Bio-electronic equipment that records joint noises caused by soft tissue movement. Dr. Hoefs is then able to interpret the data on the computer to help determine the degree of pathology present in the TMJ.

Jaw Tracking computerized equipment

The Jaw Tracking equipment records the movements of the jaw by placing a magnet temporarily on the lower incisors, recording in a magnetic field. This shows the precise movement of the lower jaw. The jaw tracking is used to interpret normal vs. abnormal movement and range of motion.