In many cases, only a dentist can help the tens of millions of patients suffering from painful symptoms caused by improper dental forces, called DENTOMANDIBULAR SENSORIMOTOR DYSFUNCTION (DMSD). Every dentist should become trained and equipped to diagnose and treat these symptoms, which are experienced by about 20% of your current patients.
The National Institutes of Health estimates that there are over 80 million Americans suffering from one or more of the symptoms of DMSD:
While not all of these symptoms are DENTAL FORCE related, many are in tens of millions of patients. Patients have often seen multiple doctors seeking relief. They have typically found no answers except for over-the-counter and prescription pain killers, which only mask the symptoms, and do not resolve the underlying cause of the pain.
Very few of these patients have been examined by a dentist trained and equipped in assessing, diagnosing and treating these symptoms, which are dental force related.
You see these patients every day; broken and cracked teeth, failed restorations, clenching and grinding. These are all caused by improper or unbalanced dental forces. These same dental forces can be the cause of the patient’s pain.
The TruDenta system enables dentists and their teams to help the roughly 20% of their existing patients who have these symptoms and to attract new patients for this unique and needed care.
DMSD is a medical condition involving the mandible, upper three cervical vertebrae, and the surrounding muscle and nerve areas. There is a concentrated nerve center in this area called the trigeminal nucleus.This major pathway of nerves controls pain signals from the teeth, face, head, and neck, and carries them to the brain. Dentomandibular sensorimotor dysfunction refers to a condition in which an individual experiences chronic pain or stiffness from these nerve inputs as a result of dental force imbalances.
TruDenta is a complete system of technology, clinical trainig and support that enables progressive dentists to diagnose and treat force imbalances within the mouth. It incorporates patented, proprietary diagnostic and treatment hardware and software, along with Pace® accredited comprehensive clinical training hosted at major dental schools. In addition, practices receive ongoing practice implementation assistance and local and national marketing support.
20% of your existing patients are suffering from dentomandibular sensorimotor dysfunction. TruDenta is the first system of its kind to offer a dentist a structured approach to treat patients that doctors have been unable to treat in the past.
Practice success ranges from a few cases per month to dozens. New patients are often referred by area medical doctors due to the diagnostic procedures completed to AMA guidelines. Because TruDenta care is medically necessary, many practices successfully collect medical insurance on behalf of their patients.
Every day, dentists encounter patients who chew, grind, tear and work their head and neck muscles as strenuously as athletes. The significant forces generated by clenching, grinding, and bruxing put the mouth and masticatory system under constant stress. Research has demonstrated that such stress and improper dental forces associated with the muscles, nerves, tendons, and ligaments within the dentomandibular region contribute to a number of symptoms, including chronic headaches and migraines. Other symptoms include, but are not limited to, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), excessive tooth wear and/or breakage, Tinnitus, clicking and popping of the jaw (e.g., TMJ sounds or vibrations), and discomfort or pain in the head, neck, face, or jaw.
These symptoms collectively can be attributed to conditions described as dentomandibular sensorimotor dysfunction that results from imbalanced or improper forces. Sufferers are predominantly female, and symptoms can also often be caused by macro-trauma, including automobile accidents, or micro-trauma, such as from wisdom tooth removal or orthodontia.
Before TruDenta, dentists did not have a complete system to objectively diagnose these forces or systematically treat and monitor their patients who experience symptoms of muscle and force dysfunction.
However, sports medicine technologies, such as low level laser therapy, therapeutic ultrasound, and micro-current nerve stimulation, have been used successfully for years to enhance, hasten, and improve athletes’ recovery from musculoskeletal and force related injuries. In combination with neuroscience and systematic and objective diagnosis/monitoring, such innovative approaches to treatment can now be applied in dentistry. Regardless of the occlusal philosophy followed, if restorations are ultimately deemed necessary, and a systematic protocol is followed, it can enable clinicians to comprehensively address the painful symptoms associated with dysfunctional dentomandibular sensorimotor conditions.
"This is a system that can significantly impact your bottom line. This type of technology has the potential to change the way we practice and broadens the services we provide to a wider range of patients." The Progressive Dentist, August 2012
TruDenta is a unique system of care which empowers dentists to predictably and profitably treat patients with chronic headaches, migraines and TMJ/D without drugs, needles or a permanent orthotic. TruDenta is a combination of education, technology, training and new patient marketing. The market is growing rapidly and 20% of a typical practice’s patients need this care today.
TruDenta’s systematic approach provides for consistent care of dental force related symptoms. It combines advanced dentistry with sports medicine rehabilitation techniques and technologies. It is gratifying patient care for a doctor and their team. Patients say “THANK YOU, doctor!”
Our doctors are thrilled to learn and do something new and different. From an investment perspective, many practices earn back their entire investment within the first year. Some are earning over a million dollars per year in new production from both new and existing patients. It results in a doctor chair time value of over $1500 per hour because we train your team at either UNLV or NOVA Southeastern dental schools to provide the patient care.
Our comprehensive marketing system helps you introduce your existing patients to TruDenta and to attract new patients in your community including those from referrals from other dentists and MDs. Many doctors are excited to spend less time in the mouth and can use TruDenta as a part of their transition plan. We have hundreds of doctors in 44 states successfully helping more patients with TruDenta.
The required investment can be 100% financed and is 100% tax deductible resulting in positive cash flow from day one.
TruDenta has been providing benefits for dental patients for over five years, with hundreds of practices in almost every state in the U.S. and Canada. Most patients show immediate, objectively measured improvement in range of motion and report less frequent or eliminated pain. TruDenta doctors report in post clinical patient reviews that in case after case, the relief is long lasting.
Upon completion of the comprehensive rehabilitation, virtually all patients report continued satisfaction with their results. They become enthusiastic patient referral sources.
Patients are eager to find symptom resolution without drugs, needles or use of a permanent orthotic . An orthotic is used in the TruDenta system during the term of treatment, but is not a permanent element of lasting relief. TruDenta actually resolves the underlying causes of the symptoms.Read More
TruDenta not only enables doctors of all types to provide Dental Headache Care, but elements of TruDenta are being used by some doctors in every single orthodontic case start, adult and pedi, conventional braces and Invisalign. The return on investment for General Practice dentists is handsome, but for orthodontists it is spectacular.
Doctors are utilizing the pain management technologies included in the TruDenta system to reduce the discomfort during the orthodontic process during various phases of care. Doctors’ teams are using TruDenta technologies at bonding and de-bonding and when the patient is feeling anxiety or pain from orthodontic care.
Some practices include the Pain Management Program as a part of their overall case fee and others charge an optional Pain Management fee which has an exceptionally high acceptance rate. The per case fees we are aware of range from $100 to $200 per case, amortized over the payment plan for the patient. Few patients will not opt to pay a little more for less pain.
Orthodontic care providers find that the pain management fee in a typical practice will more than pay for the entire TruDenta system, even if they do not provide the complete Dental Headache Care treatments.
In addition, by offering this unique, high tech, drug and needle free pain management approach, doctors are differentiating their care from competitors in their community.This is particularly powerful when the practice is the ONLY practice offering TruDenta under an exclusive license for their area. There are also many doctors who state that cases using elements of TruDenta produce better overall results and complete more quickly.
While orthodontists are comfortable in their ability to provide consistent, predictable results in their orthodontic care, many find that TruDenta provides similar predictability in a $5000+/- case that completes in 12 weeks. Patients for TruDenta empowered dental headache care are sitting in YOUR lobbies every day, with symptoms TruDenta can resolve.
Statistically speaking, according to the National Institutes of Health, about 20% of the mothers in your lobby are seeking solutions to the symptoms TruDenta can resolve. Simply informing them of your new care options with TruDenta can drive them to become patients. These Moms already know and trust you with their children’s care and a simple screening and TruDenta exam can quickly determine if you can help them.
And like orthodontic care, TruDenta requires less than two hours of doctor chair time. Your teams, trained by us, provide the majority the patient care to produce predictable, consistent outcomes.
Orthodontic specialists and their teams receive customized education and training both prior to workshop and at the dental school workshop.
The majority of the orthodontists which have adopted TruDenta have multiple offices. A discount is provided for additional TruDenta systems for multiple offices.
Take 119 Seconds to view how patients for TruDenta are sitting in your lobby today, searching for a solution. Then see what she says about her results and what she did then... If this is not the easiest marketing you will ever do to attract new patients, we don't know what it is!
TruDenta is a state-of-the-art system for the diagnosis, treatment and management of functional, dynamic force imbalances within the mouth. It incorporates patented, proprietary diagnostic and treatment hardware and software that is supplemented by extensive clinical training and ongoing practice implementation assistance. All the tools needed for clinical and practice business success are included in the initial system investment.
TruDenta examination and diagnosis devices measure and visually illustrate dental forces and range of motion capabilities that can assist the dentist in determining the cause of patient symptoms as they relate to dentomandibular sensorimotor dysfunctions. Such visualization enhances patient acceptance of treatment and contributes to greater diagnostic objectivity and treatment monitoring. In particular, the system uses digital force measurement technology for evaluating the amount and balance of forces during closure, at closure, and while chewing. Another diagnostic component of the system is the computerized TruDenta ROM (Range of Motion) assessment tool, which digitally measures the cervical range of motion as expressed in the patient’s head movements. A cervical range of motion disability can be correlated with a mandibular range of motion disability and/or an imbalance in the dental foundation.
TruDenta diagnostic devices objectively measure to AMA guidelines, and visually illustrate key information related to dentomandibular sensorimotor dysfunctions. Such visualization enhances patient acceptance of treatment and contributes to greater diagnostic objectivity and treatment monitoring. In particular, the system uses digital force measurement technology, powered by Tekscan®, for evaluating the amount and balance of forces during closure, at closure, and while chewing. Another diagnostic component of the system is the computerized TruDentaROM (Range of Motion) assessment tool, which measures the cervical range of motion as expressed in the patient’s head movements. A cervical range of motion disability can be correlated with a mandibular range of motion disability and/or an imbalance in the dental foundation.
The multiple TruDenta treatment devices and modalities, which represent a proven combination of sports medicine rehabilitation and advanced dentistry technologies, are cleared by the FDA. The TruDenta therapy combination is proprietary, unique, and proven to achieve consistent results of lasting relief and dental foundation rehabilitation for patients.
The rehabilitation technology included in the TruDenta system includes therapeutic ultrasound, transcutaneous electrical stimulation (i.e., sub-threshold micro-current), low level cold laser therapy, and intraoral orthotics. Note: The majority of patients utilize the orthotic only during the treatment period, up to a maximum of 12 weeks.
A typical case has about two hours of doctor time investment in the diagnosis, case acceptance and minor occlusal adjustments during the rehabilitation period. Patient therapy treatments are done weekly, in less than one hour per week, by trained team members. The most severe cases require 12 weeks of treatments. Team members are easily trained before and during the clinical workshop at either UNLV or NOVA Southeastern Dental Schools.
TruDenta and Dental Headache Care is featured in numerous dental industry trade journals including COMPENDIUM, Dentistry Today, Dental Economics, Inside Dentistry, ORTHONDONTIC PRACTICE US, Dental Tribune, DentalTown, The Progressive Dentist, The Profitable Dentist and others.
We also assist our doctors in spreading their message through local media including: ABC NEWS, FOX NEWS, CBS NEWS, and community magazines every month.
Jim Bergamo, KVUE 1:19 p.m. CDT July 18, 2014
AUSTIN -- Approximately 36 million people in U.S. suffer from migraine headaches. Twenty-seven million are women. What causes migraines and the health problems associated with them have largely remained a mystery for the medical community, so until now there's been little to do but close the door and the blinds to keep out debilitating light and noise. Now a relatively new treatment offers an incredible amount of hope, and more importantly, relief.
By Allison DiMatteo, BA, MPS
Sheila Birth, DDS, had been practicing orthodontics for more than 25 years when she began longing to do more for her patients. Her four orthodontic practices (located in North Fort Worth, Southwest Fort Worth, Arlington, and Burleson, Texas) were thriving by serving a 75% pediatric and 25% adult patient mix, and her staff was well-trained and extremely efficient. Yet, she became increasingly interested in providing care to patients suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/D) and associated headaches. However, she felt unsure and uncomfortable with proceeding, particularly considering the level of difficulty such cases can present.
By Charles W. Martin, DDS
Among the most prevalent reasons that patients visit the dental office are treatment for toothaches, broken or chipped teeth, and bleeding gums. Patients also frequently visit dentists seeking relief from headaches, many of which could be the result of dentomandibular sensorimotor dysfunction, a disorder of the head and neck, temporomandibular joints (TMJ), jaw function, and dental forces. This dysfunction is the underlying cause of both symptomatic and asymptomatic conditions, which may include tooth wear, bruxism, repeatedly fracturing restorations, TMJ disorders, chronic headaches and migraines, and numerous other problems.1-3
By Sheila Birth, DDS, MS
Orthodontists are, by profession, specialists. We have chosen to narrow our scope of care to those patients requiring additional treatment to perfect their smiles. However, as I quickly learned, practicing a specialty does not limit our ability to provide life-changing care. Rather, broadening the application of relevant treatment technologies can prove beneficial to patients and practitioners as well.
Dr. Tad Morgan
East Texas News Melani Torry introduces you to a solution that does not require an MRI or any medication.
By Robert L. Harrell, DDS
Dentomandibular sensorimotor dysfunction (DMSD) is associated with such conditions as chronic headaches, migraines, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, and numerous other symptoms. When no definitive pathology exists, more emphasis has been devoted to the masticatory muscles, soft tissues in the head and neck area, and altered central nervous system pain processing in the trigeminal area. Dentists are trained and expert in assessing and treating the anatomical areas affected by these conditions and can provide patients with dental headache care, pain resolution, and treatment of force related problems.
By Dr. Steffany Mohan
I was recently challenged to develop my success formula for achieving growth and ensuring that all of my team members are healthy, happy, and secure in their jobs, and that includes me. To explain to others my vision for the practice, my goals, and how we'll achieve them in 2013, I've identified five key things we do that have led to our success, and how I've applied these key things to my business plan for 2013 and '14. As you move further into 2013 and look ahead to next year, there are things that you can do to realize growth and prosperity.
By Kirk Hawkins
"It's just the unique blend that we've put together that really makes it a medical breakthrough," said Dr. Robert Harrell of the Charlotte Headache Center. "When you can take a person that feels such dramatic pain and loss of hope and put them in a condition where they've got their life back, it's pretty amazing." he said.
By Ronald G. Ritsco, DMD, MS
A 51-year-old woman presented with the chief complaint of an uneven bite and pain in the right mandible and the side of her head, as ell as pain and pulsation distal to her right ear. After following the TruDenta diagnostic protocol, it was determined that the patient's dentomandibular sensorimotor dysfunction was caused by dental malocclusion related to loss of posterior teeth on her right side. It also was determined that she would benefit from TruDenta treatment in combination with a partial reconstruction of her lower left and right sides, using conventional and implant-supported crowns. The loss of posterior support resulted in an internal derangement of the right TMJ, compensated for years by excessive muscle contraction.
By Dr. Ronald Cohen
Dentomandibular sensorimotor dysfunction (DMSMD) is a frequently painful disorder of the head and neck, temporomandibular joints (TMJ), jaw function, and dental forces. It stems from misalignments in the physiology of the skull and mandible that result in problems with bite force, muscle movement, and/or balance of joints, leading patients to experience extreme amounts of force or improper/unbalanced dental forces.1,2
Dr. Morgan's father suffered with chronic headaches for decades and took 42 Excedrin each week. After TruDenta, no more medicine, no more pain.
By Christian Yaste, DDS
In 2009, our growing cosmetic practice was dying. We were told it was the economy. Yes, the economy was a mess, and people were holding on to their money. But now what? This is the “comeback story” of how our practice recovered. I’ve synthesized the essence of what we did into suggestions that might benefit others who are facing the same challenges I did. As a disclaimer, I mention several different companies and people in this article, because they helped us along the way and are responsible for the success we enjoy today.
The TruDenta® System is a state-of-the-art, complete system for assessing, treating, and managing dynamic force imbalances in the mouth (Figure 1). It incorporates patented assessment and treatment technology and software, supplemented by extensive clinical training and ongoing practice implementation assistance.
By Shane Sykes, DMD
Within the past 10 years, increasing public awareness of the benefits of oral health and what today's dentistry can achieve has raised the profile of the profession from one of "drilling and filling" to one of "care and comprehensiveness."1 A more well-read and astute dental patient population recognizes that maintaining their oral health equates to better overall health. Concurrently, these individuals seek the advantageous and most often elective (i.e., pay out of pocket) dental treatments that enhance their lifestyle and self-esteem, such as whitening and veneers.2
By Robert L. Harrell, DDS
We’ve experienced professional growth, and I’ve expanded my practice in previously unimaginable ways, all by assessing and treating dental force related conditions and their symptoms, including headache/migraine pain. We’ve gained personal satisfaction by making a difference in people's lives, and my practice has witnessed increased financial growth. I truly believe dental headache care, and a headache clinic within a practice, is a model for success that my dental colleagues may want to consider.
(KUTV) You may know the feeling, that pounding in your head and pressure that won't go away. Headaches plague many of us and when they cross the line into migraines it becomes hard to function. Now there's new hope for headache sufferers that comes from an unlikely source, your dentist's office.
By Louis Malcmacher, DDS, MAGD
Some of you may be thinking, “But I am a dentist; I don’t treat headaches.” The answer to that is, “Yes you do. You’ve been treating headaches since the day you opened your dental practice.” You’ve been treating all sorts of facial pain, whether it’s a toothache, jaw aches, temporomandibular joint disorder, bruxism, occlusal dysfunction, and many other contributory and causal factors to headaches, especially migraines and temporomandibular disorders. Many patients with headaches and migraines have TMJ disorders and vice versa—they are all multifactorial and oftentimes interrelated.
By Cheyanne Frank, DMRT
Looking to offer an exciting new way to do your job even more effectively and profitably while also providing your patients with care-focused pain relief? There are more than 80 million Americans suffering from symptoms that dentists and their teams can now treat. An innovative assessment and treatment system (TruDenta, Dental Resource Systems, Fort Lauderdale, FL www.DRSdoctor.com) is available that enables dental practices to offer patients an objective evaluation of muscle and force dysfunction, as well as pain management through physical rehabilitation of the musculoskeletal physiology.
If you asked physicians to name one of the most common afflictions from which Americans suffer, chances are they will say “headaches.” Chronic headaches are an overwhelming problem in the United States, with an average of 40 percent of Americans reporting chronic headache pain on a daily basis.1,2 While many people (in the general public and among the healthcare community) have traditionally assigned headaches and their respective care to the purview of physicians and specialists, it is becoming increasingly clear that dentists have a greater part to play in providing comprehensive pain relief.
LAURA GIBBS’ PAIN WAS INTENSE.
Her temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/D) had left her barely able to carry out routine chores around the house. Some days, the pain kept her in bed all day. She feared that surgery would be the next step. Having worked as a dental hygienist, she had seen the many unwanted after-effects of surgery. When pain management seemed like her only other option, Gibbs became hopeless and depressed. “I asked God to just help me to live with this condition,” Gibbs recalled. “Then my prayers were answered.”Gibbs heard about a new treatment called TruDenta. “I didn’t want to get my hopes up, but it sounded good,” said Gibbs. “I HAD ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO LOSE, AND I WAS DESPERATE.”
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.
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.
By Dr. Jodi Danna
When Jenna's 34th birthday rolled around, there was no feeling of celebration in the air. She had been in nonstop pain for more than four weeks resulting from neglected dental problems and, after being laid off for the second time in two years, there was no money left to see a dentist. Jenna was thankful that her three young daughters were safe and healthy, but prayed for an answer to her painful dilemma. Then, she saw a news story on television about a dental practice in Plano that was hosting a day of free dental care for the local community and she knew her prayers had been answered.
Don't see the link between the dentist's office and getting rid of persistent headaches? Anastasia Turchetta, RDH, connects the dots. For Anastasia Turchetta, RDH, everything in the dental practice begins with the patient's health history form. That includes the possibility of the dental practice being the place where a patient can finally rid themselves of migraine headaches. It all begins with communication," Turchetta said. "We don't know what has been going on with the patient before he or she walks into the practice. And we won't know unless we ask. Until then, the patient doesn't even know what we as dentists and hygienists can do to help."
Dr. Cole Fortenberry Answers Your Questions
There are over 80 million Americans that suffer from chronic temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, chronic headaches, and migraines. Many of these conditions have dental force related imbalances that either cause or aggravate these issues. Patients suffering from these symptoms should not only see their physician, but should also consider seeing their dentist.
By Dr. Boyd Whitlock, III
Dr. Boyd Whitlock III felt his patients’ pain. Having worn orthodontic braces for years, he was totally dedicated to finding a way to improve their experiences while straightening their teeth with greater effectiveness. He sought an alternative to traditional therapy that often requires many office visits over extended treatment times. That’s when he introduced SureSmile, the state-of-the art digital orthodontic treatment system, to his two offices in Springdale and Fayetteville. Today, he is the only orthodontist in Arkansas to offer this innovative alternative to conventional treatment.
By Dr. Melina Cozby
When she first heard Fox News report describing a medical breakthrough for headache and migraine relief offered only throught dentists!– Dr. Melina Cozby of Forney Family Dentistry was skeptical. "I've suffered from chronic, daily headaches for as long as I can remember," she says. "It sounded too good to be true!"
By Dr. Christian Yaste
During the past few months, a variety of dental publications – including The Profitable Dentist– have published articles about an assessment and treatment system called TruDenta (www.DRSdoctor.com). Introduced in 2011, this system includes objective digital assessment technologies, such as cervical range of motion devices (TruDenta ROM) and force analysis devices (TruDenta Scan), as well as therapeutic modalities such as low level laser, ultrasound, and micro-current stimulation.
By Dr. Robert L. Harrell
Dentistry is more sophisticated than it was years ago. New techniques are available for diagnosing and treating a multitude of oral health-related problems, from cavities to edentulism, and from periodontal disease to xerostomia. And, as the association between oral—particularly periodontal—and systemic diseases has become clearer in recent years, so too has the dentist’s importance in helping patients maintain their overall well being.
By Cheyanne Autumn LaRue Frank, DMRT
The statistics are eye-opening: The National Institutes of Health estimates that between 15 and 45 million Americans show some type of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD) issues; the National Headache Foundation declares that more than 45 million Americans experience recurring headaches, and of these about 28 million suffer from migraines. A recent survey estimates that almost 10 million Americans also suffer from tinnitus (ringing of the ears), and additional research suggests that dental force related problems may account for up to 80 percent of headaches.
By Jodi Danna, DDS, FAGD
TruDenta is an emerging technology that measures and treats the dynamic forces of the mouth (musculature, tendons, nerves, teeth, joints) and accurately pinpoints imbalances and/or improper forces to assisty in addressing conditions such as migraines/chronic headaches, TMD, malocclusion, and trauma (i.e. accident). Practitioners can now create comprehensive treatment plans using a variety of methods to relieve the discomfort and symptoms of many of these conditions.
By Charles W. Martin, DDS
Providing patients with the most comprehensive and modern treatments distinguishes progressive dentists from other practices and enables the entire dental team to derive personal satisfaction. Diagnosing and treating patients suffering from the ymptoms of dentomandibular sensorimotor dysfunction further differentiates innovative and complete-care dentists from thos who merely provide dental restorations. It also affords dentists and their practices with opportunities for enhanced profitability.
An Interview with Greg Pyle, DDS
Dr. Greg Pyle explains how to treat migraine headaches with TruDenta®. Each week, the Wellness Hour reaches 70 million homes across the United States and all of Canada. Alvarez, founder and CEO, is the number one producer of medical and dental documentaries in the world. More than 1,200 episodes have been produced and have featured some of the nation’s leading medical specialists.
By Mark W. Montgomery, DDS
For far too long, the well understood anatomy and physiology of the head and neck has been only loosely associated with the dental treatment of patients. For many reasons, dentists have isolated the teeth and the pathology of dentition from the functional, dysfunctional, and parafunctional physiology that can cause wear, damage, fracture, abfractions, failure of restorations, and pain for their patients. These traumas and degenerations are but the signs and symptoms of an underlying problem. In the attempt to offer patients the opportunity for the best possible outcome, clinicians will be required to get to the foundational cause of these manifestations of disease, dysfunction, and, too often, despair.
By Allison M. DiMatteo, BA, MPS; and Terri Rafferty, BA, MA
"As Dentists, our expertise involves not only treating the teeth, gingival tissues, and oral cavity, but also caring for the muscles of the head, neck and jaw, as well as the nervous system of these areas," explains Charles W. Martin, DDS, a private practitioner in Richmond, Virginia, who diagnoses and treats patients with dentomandibular sensorimotor dysfunction. "The trigeminal nerve transmits pain impulses, as well as the majority of sensations originating from the head and neck region. Dentists know the sites where these impulses can be modified and arrested."
Jeff Thorfinnson, a dentomandibular rehabilitation therapist, uses ultrasound technology to break up scar tissue and deep adhesions as part of TruDenta, a therapy to relieve chronic headaches that Chris Langei of East Grand Forks, Minn., has after a serious car accident.
With Forward by Roger P. Levin, DDS
This book presents dentists and their team members with the scientific background, technology overview, and treatment implication of a complete system. The system accesses and addresses destructive force related dental problems, including headache pain. Germane to this discussion is an understanding of the evolution and application of technology in dental practice, as well as the necessity for a growing knowledge base.
The time may be right to invest in that pricey business equipment or software you’ve been eyeing. In the 2013 tax year, the IRS Section 179 Tax Deduction—which applies to businesses that purchase, finance, and/or lease less than $2,000,000 in new or used business equipment—allows these businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased, leased, or financed—up to a maximum of $500,000.
June 21, 2012 - Dental Resource Systems, Inc., the providers of the TruDenta system for dentists and Nierman Practice Management, the leading provider of medical billing solutions for dentists, today announced the launch of the TruDenta Billing Module by DentalWriterTM. The TruDenta Billing Module by DentalWriter is a comprehensive solution available exclusively to TruDenta Dentists. It has been enhanced to include all of the diagnostic and therapeutic coding information and documentation for medical necessity required to process patient medical claims for Dental Headache Medicine.
By Anthony Stefanou, DMD
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) estimates that more than 10 million American suffer from TMJ disorders, but a recent report from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests more staggering numbers: between 15 and 45 million patients have some form of TMJ issues. Additionally, according to the National Headache Foundation, more than 45 million American suffer from chronic recurring headaches and, of these, 28 million suffer from migraines. Alarmingly, 20% of children and adolescents suffer fom headaches as well. It is estimated that up to 80% or more of headache are caused by dental force related problems.
60 Million Americans suffer from TMJ. To help explain TMD is Jackie Ballard with Harris Dental. TMD is temporomandibular disorder, a group of conditions that is often very painful. The tools we use to treat TMD include microcurrent, ultrasound and cold laser.
Local dentist, Dr. Robert Harrell, Adult Dentistry in Ballantyne, has been implementing the TruDenta system with such dramatic success that he has opened a separate practice, The Charlotte Headache Center, to focus exclusively on treating patients with headaches, migraines and TMJ dysfunction.
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.
DRS exhibits at or attends all of the major, U.S. industry trade shows. We also exhibit at the larger specialty conferences including AGD, AACD and others.
American Association of Dental Office Managers 2014 Conference
September 4-6, 2014
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
San Diego, CA
Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists and Midwestern Society of Orthodontists combined 2014 Annual Session
September 11-13, 2014
OrthoVOICE Vegas Orthodontic International Conference & Exposition
September 18-20, 2014
Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
Las Vegas, NV