TruDenta® helps patients suffering from pain in their face, neck and jaw, as well as chronic headaches and migraines. Its goal is to lessen the number of headaches and/or pain while reducing their duration and intensity. It is ideal for dentists and hygienists to administer because they are already knowledgeable about the jaw, head and mouth areas.
TruDenta employs many techniques that have been used in sports medicine for several years and applies them to dentomandibular sensorimotor dysfunction, a complex condition involving the muscles of the head, neck and jaw. It is designed to help patients dealing with pain related to temporomandibular joint pain, chronic headaches and migraines, vertigo, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
The procedure does not use drugs or needles.
The first visit is a general overview to determine the problem and to create a plan for treatment.
It involves a complete a health history form which details your medical history including accidents or trauma which might have triggered the pain; location of pain; sleeping habits; and how long you have had the pain.
Your bite force distribution and pressure will be tested on a T-scan device hooked up to a computer and will be rated on a scale of 1-3. It will determine if you are biting down equally on all teeth over the series of three successive tests. Then a range of motion test will be performed, tilting the head back and forth and side to side.
Depending on the severity of the problem, patients will attend 8 to 10 weekly 50-minute sessions. During visits, an ultra sound is used to bring blood flow to the problem area with ultrasonic waves, and a special MSM lotion is applied to painful muscles as a topical anti-inflammatory followed by a trigger point manipulation massage of the head, neck and shoulders. A cold laser that promotes healing of chronic inflammation in muscle and joint tissue is also used.
Some patients will be fit with a mouth orthotic to help reset their jaw’s natural alignment. Patients are also given a series of exercises and stretches to do as part of a daily one-hour self-treatment home regimen using products provided by the dentist including a TruDenta M micro current devices that uses electrical stimulation to further assist with pain relief.