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The End of Headaches?

A revolutionary treatment could stop the pain and frustration that countless numbers of people experience. 

September/October 2012

By Dr. Robert Harrell

Countless numbers of people suffer from headaches on a weekly or even daily basis. For many years, common headache treatments have overlooked the role that the mouth, jaws and bite alignment can play in triggering this type of pain. The misalignment of teeth, is a prominent contributor to headaches. When biting or chewing, the teeth exert tremendous pressure on their opposing counterparts. If the bite pattern is disturbed even slightly, this pressure can result in radiant pain throughout the head.

The head and mouth are home to a myriad of nerves, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and bones which affect not only your teeth, but your overall health and well-being. When not properly balanced, the forces created by these elements can result in symptoms including chronic headaches and migraines, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, neck and jaw pain, earaches, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and sleep apnea among other symptoms.

At last, there is reason for hope thanks to a revolutionary diagnostic and treatment system called TruDenta that has been introduced to select dental offices around the country. This leading-edge technology allows specially trained professionals to quickly pinpoint the problems and successfully alleviate the pain.

Dr. Robert Harrell is the first dentist in the Carolinas to offer this breakthrough treatment and he is located right here in Charlotte. Dr. Harrell and his staff at Charlotte Headache Center in Ballantyne are uniquely trained and equipped with state-of-the-art technology to quickly examine and diagnose dental force abnormalities. This allows them to indentify issues often overlooked for years by other practitioners that lead to painful symptoms. By the end of the first exam there is enough information to create a specific treatment plan that can provide lasting relief to often long-suffering patients.

Once a patient has been diagnosed, his or her specific treatment can begin immediately. Many patients are amazed at the relief they feel after their very first appointment. Therapy sessions last about 50 minutes and include the use of several FDA-approved technologies. Treatment is painless and non-invasive – no needles or drugs are involved. Depending upon the severity of the diagnosis, patients require from one to twelve treatments, completed weekly. This means that a patient with even the most severe symptoms can achieve lasting relief in just three months.

For more information on the Charlotte Headache Cehter visit www.CharlotteHeadacheCenter.com.

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  • Mandibular Range of Motion
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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
• TMJ/D
• Vertigo
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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

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  • 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
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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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