"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."
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.
Dentomandibular Sensorimotor Dysfunction (DMSD) is a medical condition involving the mandible (lower jaw), upper three cervical (neck) 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.
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.
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 for the uses that we prescribe. The TruDenta therapy combination is proprietary, unique, and has delivered positive patient outcomes of lasting relief and dental foundation rehabilitation for patients in all 50 states.
DRS is managed by seasoned executives, and guided by a Board of Advisers and a Practitioner Council. The Chief Dental Officer, Mark Montgomery, DMD, actively practiced general dentistry for over 30 years and has been an instructor of innovative dental procedures for 15 years. Our Chief Medical Officer and neuroscientist, Dr. Richard Amy, pioneered the utilization of low level laser therapy in sports medicine treatment for celebrity athletes and thousands of patients. President John Harris has lead high technology based companies for almost 30 years, to rapid and successful growth.
No pain, no drugs, no needles; patients actually look forward to visiting their dentist! Every single patient deserves a TruDenta digital exam. Patients who experience TruDenta treatments tell us how their lives are permanently improved.
When our patients tell us over and over how thankful they are for having their lives returned or changed, we celebrate with them. Our influence on the health of their friends and family allows a TruDenta practice to flourish with success and dramatically spreads our effectiveness throughout our communities.
The era of unmanageable and unintended forces on the teeth and joints is gone with TruDenta. We teach the dentist and their team members to comprehensively address and treat symptoms of muscle, force and reflex management. This is the missing link in the ability to truly reach the heart of all the pain and damage that is perpetuated by dysfunctional systems of chewing, swallowing, posturing, and airway management. Never before have dentists been able to simply and effectively access the functional elements of the head and neck in a way that connects and corrects the actions of the muscloskeletal and the dentomandibular health.
Most patients realize dramatic results after only a single TruDenta treatment. Headaches disappear and range of motion often improves dramatically.
The TruDenta examination is a comprehensive assessment utilizing state-of-the-art technology to measure bite forces and muscle range of motion, and a thorough review of the patient's head health history. This combination of objective and subjective information allows the dentist to present a course of TruDenta treatment protocols, that have each been proven over the last eight years, to provide lasting positive outcomes including relief from chronic headaches, migraines and other symptoms of dentomandibular sensorimotor dysfunction. With TruDenta, the doctor and patient are better equipped to effectively treat and resolve problems which have often lingered for years.
TruDenta is designed to enhance the patient care and financial growth already enjoyed by successful practices. You will not see TruDenta on every corner. We are selective in the practices chosen, and only accept those which we believe will achieve 100% success. Most of our member practices are General Dental Practitioners. However, TruDenta is also utilized by orthodontists, prosthodontists, periodontists and other specialists.
Over 90% of the TruDenta exams and treatments are staff mediated. Doctors are more efficient in their use of time, and practices are more profitable. Financial success with the TruDenta system is ultimately a function of the doctor and each practice. Most practices achieve at least $100,000 in additional net income per year. For others it is much, much more.
If selected, practitioners will be urged to speak with other TruDenta members to fully understand the operational and financial benefits they experience.
All equipment provided is FDA cleared where necessary. Certain proprietary software and hardware will require the practitioner to execute a Non-Disclosure and Licensing Agreement. All equipment and software has a one-year warranty, and software updates are free during the first year. Access to our online, copyrighted training materials and self-paced education is also included.
Unlike many other approaches to the symptoms treated by the TruDenta system, patients receive a completely objective diagnosis, utilizing our proprietary technologies. While many patients can describe their symptoms in detail, i.e. headaches, migraines, facial pain, clenching, grinding, jaw pain, clicking, popping, etc., very few can easily identify what might be the cause of the symptoms.
The patented TruDenta examination technologies can not only measure forces and imbalances, which may lead to the symptoms, but the system also shows a patient the potential causes graphically. When coupled with a physical exam performed by the doctor, patients are eager to begin the pathway to care and the treatments that lead to relief.
DRS provides affiliated practitioners with unparalleled service and support, (See testimonials section). From the day a practice is selected, and until the one-year anniversary of their participation, doctors and their staff receive 24x7 access to our extensive training portal and 5x8 access to executives, staff and coordinators. Thereafter, practices, which elect to renew their relationship with DRS, continue to receive complete access and support.
DRS is committed to your practice success. Our uniquely enthusiastic practice endorsements are due to proven results after implementing our system.
We create a customized training and implementation program for each practice, which has three components. First are the several weeks leading up to the hands-on, two-day training workshop. The workshop itself is part two. The third portion of our training and implementation support is after the workshop, as practices implement the TruDenta system and prepare to receive new patient referrals from other health care professionals in their community.
The two-day, hands-on workshop is held in conjunction with major dental schools. Practitioners earn 15 CE credits for this portion of the training. The doctor and up to four key staff members attend at no cost for the workshop. However, practices are responsible for transportation, lodging and meals. During these impactful and interactive sessions, doctors and staff learn the science of the TruDenta system and actually provide and receive therapy. Practices will also learn the most effective ways to screen and diagnose patients. Practice business integration and ongoing patient marketing is also an important component of the workshop and training.
See the testimonial section for video testimonials from doctors and staff, who have attended the workshops this year. Workshops are held at The University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. Doctors and staff may return to the workshop training at no charge, at any time during their first year of participation.
Doctors are thrilled with the extraordinary team and patient benefits which are realized when a practice implements TruDenta. Due to the fact that many team members suffer from the conditions treated by TruDenta, after treatment, they become the most ardent supporters. Productivity and attitude improvements within an office are noticeable.
Newfound team enthusiasm and truly life changing treatments for patients result in a more satisfied doctor, who enjoys greater profits. Doctors include their entire team in the training and implementation of TruDenta into their practice.
The required investment in the TruDenta system is significant. However, financing is available for selected and qualified practices from major U.S. financial institutions. Depending upon the practice's credit and the term selected, one patient per month is generally more than enough to offset the monthly payment if financed.
While we urge you to consult with your personal tax adviser, our professionals indicate that the entire investment in the DRS TruDenta system is 100% deductible in the first year under current tax laws.
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. See these articles here:
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! Watch this video:
John H. Abeles, MD, Ph.D is a USA based venture investor, director of companies, consultant, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Dr. Abeles was born in 1945 in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). He received his medical degree as well as a degree in pharmacology from the University of Birmingham, England, in 1969. He practiced medicine in London before joining the pharmaceutical industry as a Senior Medical Executive with Sterling Drug, Pfizer, Inc. and Revlon Health Care. In 1975 he became a Wall Street health care analyst with Kidder Peabody until 1980, when he formed MedVest and later Northlea Partners.
Since March 1992, Dr. Abeles has been the Founder, Sole Investor and General Partner of Northlea Partners Ltd., a venture and private capital, family partnership headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, which has had numerous investments, both active and passive, mainly in the health care arena but also in other fields.
Since 1980, Dr. Abeles has also been President of MedVest, Inc., a business and financial consulting firm. He has been instrumental in helping promulgate many early stage medical and other companies, some are still private and several have emerged into the public arena.
He has been a Managing Member of ProMed Capital LLC, a New York investment group promulgating Israeli medical venture companies and investments. ProMed has initiated three major Israeli investments: Althera (local, alpha-particle brachytherapy treatment of solid tumors); Endogun (surgical system for gynecology and urology surgery); HDH (stitchless vascular anastomosis system).
Regarding the public companies on the Boards of which he is currently, he has been a director of Oryx Technology since its organization in July 1993 and served as Chairman of its Board of Directors from October 1993 until April 1997. Dr. Abeles served on the Board of Directors of I-Flow Corporation; a company that manufactures infusion devices (recently acquired by KimberlyClark); DUSA Pharmaceuticals, Inc. a publicly traded company, which is developing dermatology and photodynamic therapy products; Oryx Technology, a public software company; Combimatrix, a diagnostic company; and CytoCore, Inc, which is researching medical diagnostic equipment.
Past public companies he has helped to promulgate include Encore Medical (an orthopedics/physiatry company acquired by Blackstone Capital; Newport Pharmaceuticals acquired by Merck; Imre Corporation acquired by Fresenius; ProCyte a biotech company acquired by PhotoMeex.
Regarding private companies, he is a Director of Alison Raffaele Cosmetics; BioStar (breast cancer science); Unimedica (medical education); ContraFect (anti-infective immunology): Etubics Corp (new navvine and DNA vectors); and MediSync BioSciences, a CRO (contract research organization) roll-up concern. He was an early promulgator of InSound Corp, an advanced hearing aid company, recently acquired privately by Sonova; and was a Director of Textronics, an intelligent textiles company, acquired by Adidas.
Dr. Abeles serves as an Advisory Board Member of the College of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, and has been on the Advisory Board of the Higuchi BioSciences Institute at the University of Kansas. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, London.
He is a Director of the International Opera Alliance, New York and a member of the Players Club, New York, which is given to the promulgation of the dramatic and performance arts. He is also on the board of the New Group, a theater organization in New York. Dr. Abeles is the President of Dalyda Finance Corp, which supports and invests in promising performing artists, artists and projects. Northlea and also Dalyda make investments in theater and film.
He is an avid football (Niners) and baseball (Athletics) fan, and a fitness enthusiast.
He has a diploma in music from the Royal Schools of Music (piano and violin). He thanks the fates for good books and worthy movies (a strong passion) which have illuminated his life. He is married thirty-three years to Mimi, a classical singer and a classic beauty. They have three grown children, all successful performing artists in drama and music.
Henry Schein is the largest distributor of health care products and services to medical, dental and veterinary office-based practitioners in the world.
Revenues in 2010 were $7.5 billion and its dental division serves 87% of the estimated 143,000 U.S. and Canadian office-based dental practices.
Brand Rules provides brand and marketing consulting to C-level executives in a variety of industries including automotive and high technology.
Mr. Hughes was the founding CEO of Land Rover of North America and served as the CEO of Mazda of North America. He currently serves on several boards including Duke Integrative Medicine at Duke University.
Dr. Mourad is a renowned expert in the field of therapeutic ultrasound in both medical and dental applications. He holds numerous patents, including several for the ultrasound toothbrush and drug delivery technologies.
Dr. Mourad is the Principal Physicist at the Center for Industrials and Medical Ultrasound at the University of Washington, where he has been on the faculty since 1988.
He also serves as an Associate Professor in the Neurological Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry and Bioengineering departments. Dr. Mourad is a founder of PhysioSonics, a medical device development company whose investors include Medtronic and Johnson & Johnson.
Dr. Okie is currently in practice and the Medical Director of Family Care Partners in Jacksonville, Florida, a multisite primary care practice with over 100,000 patients.
He graduated from Jefferson Medical College and completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in allergy and immunology. He entered private practice in 1973 and operated a managed care company with over 1,000,000 capitated with HMOs around the country for allergy services.
Dr. Okie served as a managed care consultant to Schering Plough in 1997-1998 and engaged in a joint venture with Pharmacia which provided allergy consulting and laboratory services to primary care physicians. He founded Vantage Health Plan, a physician owned HMO in Jacksonville, and was the Chief Medical Officer of AmeriPlan USA, a consumer driven health care company.
He served as the Chief Medical Officer for a Medicare HMO in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Okie is currently actively developing an organization into an NCQA patient centered medical home and preparing for an Accountable Care Organization.
Dr. Ritsco has published extensively in several scientific journals and has lectured and taught dentists internationally on many facets of advanced dentistry. He serves on the adjunct faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and serves on the Dean's faculty at the University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore.
Mr. Harris was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Dental Resource Systems (DRS) in May 2011. He previously served as Chief Technology Officer and General Manager of the Government and Commercial Services division of Communications Services for the Deaf Video Relay Service (CSDVRS), the second largest provider of telecommunications in the $750MM video relay service industry.
At CSDVRS, he launched several successful new products and dramatically grew revenues over a 36-month period. Prior to CSDVRS, Mr. Harris was CEO and CTO of Viseon, Inc., developing a fully integrated multi-media communication device for broadband carriers and large cable companies. From 1986 until 1998, Mr. Harris was founder and CEO of CompuNet Support Systems, Inc. a systems integrator, specializing in technology integration for professional service firms, including medical and dental practices. He has authored or co-authored several patents related to broadband communications technologies.
Dr. Montgomery has been committed to excellent patient care since graduating from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1980. His experience in all aspects of dental care has been enhanced by extensive work in continuing dental education. This background has built a strong commitment to comprehensive health, grounded in beautiful smiles, excellent chewing function, and a health biological focus.
Dr. Montgomery is well known for his mastery of skills in the areas of Invisalign orthodontics, smile enhancement and veneer, reconstruction and restoration of worn and damaged teeth, and in controlling tooth grinding, dentomandibular sensorimotor dysfunction, and head/face pain. His greatest talents are in the area of comprehensive diagnosis of complex problems.
Dr. Montgomery currently partners with Aesthetic Masters and UNLV, in live patient hands-on curricula for post-graduate clinical studies. He also is Chief Dental Officer at Dental Resource Systems, as well as, an educator with Pride Institute in the area of Clinical Management. Dr. Montgomery was on the faculty of AlignTech Institute, training dentists in the Invisalign system. He presents continuing education courses, affiliated with the Aesthetic Masters Group, in the areas of occlusion and full mouth reconstruction.
1976 BS Zoology from Oregon State University with honors
1980 DMD from Oregon Health Sciences University
1980-1991 Private Practice General Dentistry, Keizer Oregon
1991-2011 Private Practice General Dentistry, Oregon
2010-present Chief Dental Officer of Dental Resource Systems
1982 Normandie Study Group on TMJ (mini-internship)
1988 Lee Institute Bio-Aesthetic continuum on occlusion and full mouth reconstruction
1997 OHSU mini-residency on implant placement and restoration
2007 Fellowship in Academy of Comprehensive Aesthetics
Continuing Education Presentations:
Vicki graduated BYU with a Bachelors of Family and Home Sciences, and began her career of helping people as an office manager for both dental and medical practices in 1979. She continued to provide her unique level of customer care as the Customer Service Manager at Utah Valley Dental Lab until joining DRS in 2009.
Perhaps her most important and challenging achievement has been as the mom of six wonderful children. You must see the video testimonials to believe the patient amazement, and you must meet Vicki to fully understand the term "customer love."
Scott joined DRS after technical leadership and management positions within Henry Schein's software group, including Dentrix, Easy Dental and Vipersoft/Clarity. Henry Schein is the largest dental products distributor and services provider in the world. Mr. Peterson is responsible for managing the technology services and support organization for TruDenta practices and DRS.
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 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 has been and is being featured in numerous dental industry trade journals including
TruDenta and Dental Headache Care has been and is being 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 have assisted our doctors in spreading their message through local media including: ABC NEWS, FOX NEWS, CBS NEWS, Charlotte Living and many others being published or aired every month.
(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.
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 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 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, but are not limited to, tooth wear, bruxism, repeatedly fracturing restorations, TMJ disorders, chronic headaches and migraines, and numerous other problems.1-3
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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
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.
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.
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 members of the local community and she knew her prayers had been answered.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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."
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.
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.
March 20-22, 2014
Omni Dallas Hotel
102nd Thomas P Hinman Dental Meeting
March 27-29, 2014
Georgia World Congress Center and Omni Hotel at CNN Center
American Association of Orthodontists 2014 Annual Session
April 25-29, 2014
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA