What is JVA or Joint Vibration Analysis?
Dr. Atanase recognizes that one's Temporomandibular Joint is part of the whole masticatory system. Just like she examines your teeth and oral tissues, she will check the health of the TMJ. With the aid of the JVA program, a more accurate representation of the health of one's joint can be assertained. A video of the use of this technique is shown in the link provided: JVA video.
Bio-JVA Joint Vibration Analysis is based on simple principles of motion and friction: When smooth surfaces rub together, little friction is created...and little vibration. If these surfaces become rough, then friction and vibration are created when these surfaces articulate.
JVA provides a fast, non-invasive, and repeatable measurement of TMJ function to aid in the diagnosis of TMJ function. Human joints have surfaces which rub together in function. Smooth, well lubricated surfaces in a proper biomechanical relationship produce little friction and little vibration. But surface changes, such as those caused by degeneration, tears, or displacements of the disk, generally produce friction and vibration. Different disorders can produce different vibration patterns or “signatures”. Computer-assisted vibration analysis helps identify these patterns and helps the dentist distinguish among various TM disorders.
A JVA recording only takes 10 seconds of patient time, and less than 3 minutes of staff time. Interpretation is done by the clinician and takes only a few minutes.