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December 2012, Volume 8, Issue 12
Published by AEGIS Communications
INSIDE DENTISTRY (ID): How do you define your approach to product integration and customer service?
John Harris (JH): Dental Resource Systems, Inc. (DRS) supplies complete equipment and training for identifying, assessing, and treating dental-force–related disorders. Imbalanced or improper dental forces often result in symptoms of chronic headaches, migraines, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction. To be truly complete, we have developed teaching modules and hands-on methods that are simple and have allowed hundreds of dentists and their team members to easily master our system through clinical workshops at major US dental schools. In fact, our system is designed for use first by the dentists to objectively assess dentomandibular sensorimotor dysfunction, then by the dental team to provide the rehabilitation therapy.
Although we pride ourselves on bringing the best-of-breed hardware and software solutions for assessing and treating dental-force–related problems, all our products are backed by world-class training and support. In particular, DRS provides both technical assistance for the use of our products and ongoing support for business practice integration.
ID: What are your company’s main advantages? How are they unique?
JH: We provide the only system that enables dentists to objectively assess and predictably treat dental-force–related conditions. The system enables doctors to actually show patients the potential causes of their symptoms and provide measureable results after a single treatment.
TruDenta was developed by practitioners and industry experts who understand what’s required to grow a practice. It’s based on this understanding that we’ve developed and subsequently provide the support and knowledge necessary to be both clinically and financially successful with TruDenta.
TruDenta methods are unique in their approach to dental-force management. We believe in restoring the dynamic soft-tissue system first. Unless this system performs properly, no hard-tissue adjustment—regardless of the occlusal philosophy that a dentist follows—will achieve the proper, balanced results. Once TruDenta treatments have achieved functional and dynamic optimization, then the mechanical aspects of occlusion can be successfully addressed.
ID: If you had to rank the most important elements of your success, what would they be and why?
JH: After patient treatment success rates, we are most proud of our simply implemented technologies. The proprietary combination of TruDenta system technologies is based completely upon FDA-cleared and proven modalities and methods detailed in thousands of pages of literature, from both the dental and sports medicine worlds. The assessment and treatment technologies used in TruDenta have been awarded multiple patents. These technologies enable most of TruDenta care to be provided by trained team members and require very little doctor time investment.
ID: What inspires the forward motion of your company in today’s marketplace?
JH: We are driven by research, knowledge, and the increasing awareness by healthcare professionals and patients that there is an oral–systemic association. This association naturally suggests application of proven medical therapies to treat parts of the body—when, where, and how appropriate—to treat similar problems affecting the dentofacial structures.
Many of the technologies and treatment modalities used in the TruDenta system were originally developed to treat injuries to the muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons of professional athletes. Because many of the issues associated with dental force and dentomandibular function are similar, we have successfully combined the expertise of dental practitioners with sports medicine technology as part of our treatment methods.
We’re motivated by re-establishing soft-tissue support and the adaptive mechanism, which is the first step for dynamic and functional correction. We truly believe this is the foundation for long-term predictability and stability of subsequent mechanical treatments (ie, restorations). Without a combination approach, the body will never be truly balanced and comfortable through all of the uses of the mouth.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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