She was in tears. Jill was a 37 year old mom of two, happily married for 10 years, but had one major issue in her life –migraines virtually every day. Not only was she missing out on her children and family’s activities, she was missing out on life in general.
It all started about two years ago, with roughly 25 terrible migraines per month, usually on her right side. Jill couldn't pinpoint any specific reason, the headache's just "started one day". She had been active most of her life in sports such as hiking and bike riding, along with high school sports as a teenager. Then, each day when she woke up she wondered if it was going to be another "one of those days". Subsequently, work was also suffering because she missed so many days due to her condition.
As Jill described her pain, it became evident that this problem was destroying her life. Her health history showed that she had visited several specialists and had tried several different medications (some with unpleasant side effects), yet nothing was successful in pain relief, and some treatments seem to make her feel worse. She had braces when she was a teenager and the only trauma she could think of was a car accident in her late twenties causing her to be treated for whiplash.
She was tired, in pain, and seeking an alternative answer – hoping for a solution that would finally give her relief.
During a screening process, Jill was evaluated for several key items such as muscle trigger points, tenderness, and how her teeth meet together when chewing. Her exam took less than one-hour. Administering a T-Scan, (a highly accurate bite force analyzer), showed that when she closed her teeth together, she was hitting very hard on her right side. In fact, when she chewed, over 65-percent of her biting force impacted just two teeth on her right side. Jill was also aware of trigger points in her head and neck muscles that she assumed was an outcome from issues with her bed or pillow.
The National Institutes of Health estimate that 51.5 million Americans suffer from migraines and/or daily chronic headaches. These are startling statistics considering that Americans, like Jill, spend upward of $400 million a year on headache and migraine medication.
The head and mouth are home to a myriad of nerves, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and bones which affect not just your teeth, but your overall health and well-being. When not properly balanced, the forces created by these elements can result in stubborn pain.
For too many years, common headache treatments have overlooked the role that the mouth, jaws and bite alignment can play in triggering pain. Malocclusion, or the misalignment of teeth, is actually a prominent contributor to headaches.
When biting or chewing, the teeth exert tremendous pressure on their opposing counterparts. If the bite pattern is even slightly disturbed, this pressure can result in radiant pain throughout the head compounding the pain, severity, and duration of headaches. Additional symptoms can include muscle tension, sensitive teeth, broken teeth or dental work, uneven tooth wear and cracking, limited range of head/neck motion and reduced mouth opening range, as well as accelerated bone loss in periodontal disease.
Ultimately, Jill was introduced to Trudenta, a treatment which is so effective that doctors report 95 to 100 percent success rates, and so revolutionary it has been featured on all the major TV news stations; ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC.
Jill is now living a fuller, more energized life and best of all, her family life is much happier too. No more pain, anxiety, and lost "family moments".
TruDenta is considered to be a “life changing dental medicine.” For good reason, only dental professionals can provide it as they are uniquely trained to deliver a comprehensive examination of the bite forces and range of motion in the head, neck, mouth, jaws and teeth by utilizing proprietary and patented TruDenta diagnostic technologies.
In Colorado Springs, Dr. Gary Moore of Stetson Hills Dental is uniquely trained and equipped with TruDenta, the breakthrough diagnosis and treatment method for relief of chronic headaches, migraines, tinnitus, TMJ/D, and vertigo.
TruDenta is able to provide a thorough snapshot of all physical functions of the head, neck and mouth, delivering an incredibly clear and concise diagnosis of pain symptoms.
The TruDenta Examination
In less than one hour, using TruDenta diagnostic technologies, Dr. Moore implements a comprehensive exam providing an abundance of information that empowers him to create a detailed treatment plan that will lead to lasting relief.
Bite Force Analysis
This digital exam literally shows a movie of the bite force in action, revealing abnormal forces or imbalances in the nerves, muscles and ligaments that could be the cause of symptoms. The technology is so advanced that it actually determines and calculates the bite force and motion on a tooth-by-tooth basis.
Cervical Range of Motion Analysis
TruDenta ROM technology digitally measures the lateral and vertical motions of your head and neck, and compares them to normal range of motion. The computerized analysis then provides an immediate report of any movement impairment, which may indicate potential sources of pain or discomfort. Dr. Moore is then able to customize a treatment plan designed specifically to alleviate your unique symptoms.
Mandibular Range of Motion Analysis
An individual’s ability to open their mouth within a normal range, (53 – 57 mm), along with their capacity to slide their jaw left and right, (at least 25 percent of their total mouth opening) in a symmetrical fashion, can also indicate concerns.
The range of motion measurement also includes a review of the joint noises and vibrations. Any noise in the Temporomandibular Joint’s, (TMJ’s), is intimately related to restriction in the mandibular range of motion. Normal TMJ’s do not make sounds or have vibrations, therefore if the joints are not smooth and quiet, this indicates dysfunction.
Once your symptoms have been diagnosed, your specific treatment can begin immediately. Many patients are amazed at the relief they feel after their very first appointment. Therapy sessions last about one hour and include the use of several FDA-cleared technologies. Treatment is painless and non-invasive – meaning no needles or drugs are involved.
Depending upon the severity of the diagnosis, patients require from four to twelve treatments, completed weekly. This means that a patient with even the most severe symptoms can achieve lasting relief in just three months.
Therapeutic Ultrasound Therapy
The goal of therapeutic ultrasound treatment is to return circulation to sore, strained muscles through increased blood flow and heat. Another goal is to break up scar tissue and deep adhesions through sound waves.
Therapeutic exposure to ultrasound reduces trigger point sensitivity and has been indicated as a useful clinical tool for managing myofacial pain. Additionally, ultrasound also has been shown to evoke antinociceptive effects on trigger points.
Microcurrent Stimulation Therapy
Sub-threshold microcurrent stimulation reduces muscle spasm and referral pain through low electrical signal. It also decreases lactic acid build-up and encourages healthy nerve stimulation. In particular, microcurrent electrotherapy has been shown to help increase mouth opening significantly.
Low-Level Cold Laser Therapy
Low level laser/light therapy is one of the most widely used treatments in sports medicine to provide pain relief and rehabilitation of injuries. Over 200 randomized clinical trials have been published on low level laser therapy, half of which are on pain.
Low level laser/light therapy decreases pain and inflammation, accelerates healing of muscle and joint tissue 25 to 35 percent faster than without treatment, and reconnects neurological pathways of nerves to the brain stem, thereby inhibiting pain.
Low level laser therapy, in combination with electrical stimulation, has been shown to improve mouth opening in patients diagnosed with TMJ/D. It decreases pain by promoting the musculoskeletal system’s natural healing ability. It also promotes stability of the TMJ.
If you are plagued by any of these issues, call Dr. Moore today to receive your free screening, and find out if TruDenta is right for you. Amazing pain relief could start with the very first treatment!