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House & Home Magazine Williamsburg

Chronic headaches, migraines, and TMJ disorders afflict millions of people everyday, and their effects can be quite devastating.

Morrison Migraine Center, Ira Goldstein, DDS, Robert Morrison, DMD, Jacob Hartley, DMD

Everyday people all around the world chew, grind, tear andwork their head and neck muscles as strenuously as athletes. The significant forces generated by clenching your jaws and grinding your teeth put the mouth and the masticatory system, (muscles, bones, and joints in the head and neck), under constant stress.

People are very accepting of this treatment and the dentists and therapists are dedicated to helping these patients reclaim their quality of life. Patients can clearly see when they have a T-force scan what is the cause of the force imbalance. A T-force scan uses a bite force sensor that is put in the patient’s mouth and shows discrepancies in the patient’s bite.

At the Morrison Migraine Center, Drs. Morrison, Goldstein and Hartley are committed to providing long-term relief to their patients. These doctors have had extensive training in the TruDenta system for the treatment of headaches and migraines, helping patients regain a pain free life.

“We are taking a different approach to treating people by combining techniques used in sports medicine, physical therapy and dentistry to provide relief from the symptoms that trigger repeated episodes of headaches,” said Dr. Morrison. Our team of trained dentists and therapists are committed to improving the quality of life for patients who suffer from what can be debilitating headaches, migraines, and TMJ related problems.

Research has shown that between 15 and 45 million people have some sort of TMJ/headache problem. Experts estimate that 80% of patient headache symptoms could be dental force related within the muscles, tendons, nerves and joints. “There are people everywhere who seek help for these problems. TruDenta technology is a way of helping people like we have never done before,” said Dr. Robert Morrison of the Morrison Migraine Center.

“There is an overwhelming need to treat patients suffering from chronic headaches and other symptoms affecting the head and neck areas. That was the main reason we decided to open a center specifically designed to treat patients in a comfortable, professional setting where they can relax as they undergo treatment.”

A staggering number of people do not know why they are in pain or have been unable to find long-term relief. Many are unaware that dental-force related issues related to their mouth or other trauma such as whiplash may be the root cause of their pain. Motor vehicle accidents, falling, and other type of injuries are other examples of factors that can cause headaches that are exacerbated by force related issues. At the Morrison Migraine Center, located in Williamsburg, they endeavor to provide a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan for those suffering from headaches, migraines, TMJ problems and other dental force related issues such as clenching and grinding of the teeth, and chronic head and neck pain.

Many are unaware that dental-force related issues related to their mouth or other trauma such as whiplash may be the root cause of their pain.

What is TruDenta, and how does it work?

TruDenta is a comprehensive system that uses no drugs, or needles! It is a system of therapy, education, technology and training. There are diagnostic tests to determine the range of motion of the jaw and neck. There are therapeutic techniques including ultrasound treatment, low level laser therapy, as well as micro current nerve stimulation. These techniques are not new, in fact, they have been used for years to treat athletes and improve their recovery from many force related sport injuries. No pain, no drugs, no needles; patients look forward to visiting the Morrison Migraine Center for treatment! Patients who have experienced these treatments tell us how their lives are permanently improved with less frequent, less intense or eliminated headaches and/or migraines. They sleep better and no longer clench or grind their teeth. There is reduced snoring, and sore muscles, and popping or clicking of the jaw is reduced! They no longer miss out on life.

“The first step in any patient care is the examination, during which the condition(s) that accept treatment can be diagnosed and a treatment plan developed. The TruDenta system includes a well-described and well-documented screening process to identify people who will be responsive to treatment. Our doctors develop a long-term relationship of trust with our patients and the care giving team. We help patients to see for themselves the source of their problems through digital force imaging, range of motion measurements, and x-rays,” stated Dr. Ira Goldstein. “We build a preventive care system to help patients become well again by providing amazingly effective treatments for pain and headaches. We believe that educating our patients and giving them the tools to manage their own symptoms over time makes our program a win-win and effective treatment opportunity for our patients to regain their quality of life. It is an extraordinarily satisfying experience to provide someone with a solution that takes away pain.”

This is not experimental. These treatments have been available for years at different specialists. What we are doing is bringing all of the treatment modalities together to ensure success. We give our patients a therapeutic home.

Patients no longer have to suffer, or just take medicine that might work; now there is a new treatment if you suffer from or have suffered from headaches or migraines and have sought treatment for years without any real results.

“You don’t have to just continue to live with this anymore. I have had a headache almost every day of my life,” stated Dr. Hartley, one of the treating dentists at the Morrison Migraine Center. “If I can find relief from this debilitating problem that has affected my life for many years, I want nothing more than to help my patients experience that feeling of relief like I have”. Wake up without a headache and realize how your life has been changed through this new technology. Your life is yours to live!

For more information or to make an appointment, please contact the Morrison Migraine Center at (757) 345-6899. The Center is located in the Norge Office park, 7151 Richmond Road. You may also find information at www.morrisonmigrainecenter.com.

No pain, no drugs, no needles; patients look forward to visiting the Morrison Migraine Center for treatment! Patients who have experienced these treatments tell us how their lives are permanently improved with less frequent, less intense or eliminated headaches and/or migraines.

The TruDenta system uses non-invasive treatment. Dr. Hartley discusses treatment with a patient. Dr. Goldstein (top) and Dr. Morrison (bottom) treat Ashlie, a MMC Dental Mandibular Registered Technician, who also suffers from chronic migraines.


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  • Assessment Process
  • Treatment Process
  • Only Dental Professionals
  • Assessing DMSD
  • Bite Force Analysis
  • Mandibular Range of Motion
  • Cervical Range of Motion

Only Dental Professionals

In many cases, only dental professionals can help the estimated 80 million Americans suffering from the painful symptoms caused by improper dental forces, called dentomandibular sensorimotor dysfunction (DMSD).

READ MORE "...it is imperative to include the training for orofacial pain, particularly those from temporomandibular joint and musculoligamentous tissues.” JADA Cover Story, 10/2015, Vol. 146, Issue 10, Pg. 721-728

Assessing DMSD

20% of your existing patients suffer from DMSD, as do 20% of all Americans. Your team members quickly assess patients for "red flags" (which indicate DMSD), utilizing TruDenta's patented technologies.

The National Institutes of Health estimate that over 80 million Americans suffer from one or more of the symptoms of DMSD, including:
• Chronic Headache
• Migraine
• Tinnitus
• Vertigo

Bite Force Analysis

TruDenta uses digital force measurement technology, powered by Tekscan®, for evaluating the amount of bite force that is present during closure, at closure, and while chewing. The technology is so advanced that it actually calculates the bite force and motion on a tooth-by-tooth basis. This digital exam literally shows a movie of the bite force in action revealing abnormal forces in the nerves, muscles and ligaments that are often the cause of symptoms.

Bite balance is also calculated to identify potential issues within the overall chewing system. READ MORE

Mandibular Range of Motion

A normal opening for an adult is 53 mm to 57 mm. Limited or restricted range of motion (less than 40 mm) is a reduction in an individual’s ability for normal range of movement. Along with opening movement, an individual should be able to slide their jaw to the left and to the right at least 25 percent of their total mouth opening in a symmetrical fashion.

When restricted movement exists, an imbalance in the system is present, and breakdown of the system is likely to occur. READ MORE

Cervical Range of Motion

The TruDentaROM is a system of hardware and software that digitally measures cervical range of motion (ROM) impairment based upon AMA guidelines. This directly affects the proprioceptive feedback system of the dental occlusion, TMJ, and the muscles of mastication.

ROM impairment is another “red flag” which assists doctors in accurately diagnosing symptoms that are often dental force related. This data enhances medical insurance collections and the collaboration with referring medical doctors. READ MORE

  • Doctor Chair Time
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • Microcurrent Stimulation
  • Low-Level Cold Laser

Less Than One Hour Doctor Chair Time

A typical case requires less than one hour of doctor time in the diagnosis and minor occlusal adjustments during the rehabilitation period.

Treatments are performed by a trained team member once per week, in less than one hour. The most severe cases require 12 treatments. Therapies are spa-like, non-invasive and require no drugs or needles. Most patients report dramatic results after the very fist treatment. Note: The majority of patients utilize an orthotic only during the treatment period, up to a maximum of 12 weeks. READ MORE

Therapeutic Ultrasound

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. READ MORE

Microcurrent Stimulation

Sub-threshold microcurrent stimula¬tion 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.

• Reduces muscle spasm and referral pain through low electrical signal
• Decreases lactic acid build-up
• Encourages healthy nerve stimulation
• Increases mouth opening significantly

Low-Level Cold Laser

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. READ MORE

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