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can ultrasound therapy for tmj treatment damage teeth if done at too high of a frequency?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Not possible: It is a very safe procedure with a lot of evidence based medicine to support the since behind. Ultrasound is one of the most commonly used physical therapy modalities for treating disorders of the tmj. Continuous ultrasound delivered at 1mhz to the TMJ at 1.O-1.25 w/cm2 using a 2-cm sound-head for 3 minutes is a common protocol.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
No: Ultrasound therapy will not damage teeth. Whomever is applying the therapy, though, should continue to move the us wand with adequate coupling gel and should not turn up the frequency too high.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Not likely: Not likely if directed at TMJ and away from teeth.

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