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Headaches and migraines impact the lives of thousands of Americans every day—and this pain can be particularly frustrating when the cause is unknown. Head pain can be a symptom of a larger problem, and our experienced dentists are here to help you discover the answer. Muscle or nerve imbalance, muscle malfunction, or compromised joints of the jaw, head, or neck can all lead to frequent headaches and migraines if the source of the pain is not properly identified and addressed. At Aesthetic Smiles, we use a state-of-the-art treatment program called TruDenta® that is designed to locate the origin of your head pain, treat the problem at the source, help relieve your symptoms, and improve your overall quality of life.
Although the dentist may not be the first healthcare professional you consider when attempting to reduce the frequency of headaches or migraines, many dentists have a great deal of knowledge and experience working with the muscles, nerves, and joints that may be causing this chronic pain. Using methods borrowed from prosthodontics and sports medicine, TruDenta® can offer therapeutic relief from chronic headaches and migraines. Our TruDenta® trained dentists can use this innovative technology to create customized treatment plans designed to address your unique needs.
Benefits of TruDenta®
TruDenta® is an advanced treatment program with benefits that can include:
- Treatment plans designed with therapies that have shown to be effective and painless
- Non-surgical therapies that do not require anesthesia or needles
- Identification of your symptoms and their causes
During the consultation process, our dentist will perform a physical examination of the head, neck, and jaw as well as an oral examination. Within approximately 20 minutes, the TruDenta® system can identify the source of your head pain, including symptoms and concerns such as:
- Facial pain
- Facial muscle tension
- Neck pain
- TMJ Disorder
After your diagnosis is complete, the TruDenta® diagnostic technology can generate a digital image, showing you and our dentist the precise origin of your symptoms. By measuring the force and timing of your bite, the balance of the jaw, and the movement of your neck and head, a customized treatment plan can be created to address your individual needs. TruDenta® treatments, often utilizing a variety of different therapies that have proven effective in sports medicine and prosthodontics, are typically completed within an hour. Depending on the severity of the diagnosis, most patients require multiple TruDenta® treatments for optimal results.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How does the diagnostic process work?
The source of headache and migraine pain often emanates from imbalances in both jaw function and force distribution. Irregularities in joint function—along with strong or repetitive forces to the jaw—often cause pain to travel to other areas. This happens because the jaw is one of the most delicate joints in the human body. Consequently, when nerves and ligaments running through the head and jaw are thrown off balance, pain can spread to surrounding tissues in debilitating symptoms that mirror a migraine. Using precision diagnostics, TruDenta® can locate the source of pain by examining your past history of similar symptoms, applying force and range-of-motion analyses, and conducting a muscle exam to identify the trigger points causing pain to spread.
What are some examples of TruDenta® treatments?
TruDenta® utilizes a series of treatments customized to your own unique symptoms, some of which include ultrasound, trigger point manipulation, microcurrent, and cold laser therapies. These treatments are FDA-approved and designed to be virtually painless. They are administered with the goal of rehabilitating the mechanisms that are causing your painful symptoms.
How long are TruDenta® treatments and how many are required?
TruDenta® treatments are generally 50 minutes long. The number of therapies required for each individual is dependent on the exact nature and severity of your symptoms. Patients typically find relief from their pain in anywhere between one and twelve appointments.
What are the results of the TruDenta® system?
Individuals treated by the TruDenta® system typically find enormous relief from their painful symptoms for an overall enhanced quality of life. Along with the peace of mind that comes from knowing the reason behind their ailments, many patients generally report a significant decrease in migraine triggers, loss of sleep, muscle tension, and other painful side effects and symptoms.
If you would like to learn more about reducing headache or migraine pain with TruDenta®, or to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, please contact Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey today.