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New TMJ and headache therapy

Posted July 10, 2013 in Advice Column, Clive, West Des Moines

There are more than 80 million Americans who suffer from chronic temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, chronic headaches and migraines.

Approximately 20 percent of children and adolescents also have significant headaches. One in four households in America has a member who suffers from 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.

The most common symptoms of TMJ disorder include headache, face pain and aches in and around the ear. People with TMJ problems may also experience a sense of dizziness or imbalance and feel like their ears are clogged or ringing.

Many people who suffer from headache problems have spent significant time and money looking for a solution. They have visited multiple health care professionals and tried various medications and therapies without much relief. Now, a new diagnostic and treatment system has been introduced to dental offices called TruDenta.  This leading edge technology allows professionals to quickly pinpoint possible problems, that when properly treated can decrease or alleviate pain.

Local dentist Dr. Steffany Mohan has been implementing the TruDenta system with great success in helping this group of patients achieve significant pain relief. Her West Des Moines dental practice performs a wide variety of dental procedures, but has a special focus on helping people with TMJ dysfunction.

When a patient who has suffered from migraines or chronic headaches begins the TruDenta system, initial diagnosis involves new technologies that allow screening of the patient using a digital bite force analyzer to measure different dynamic forces in the mouth (musculature, joints, teeth) to pinpoint imbalances. There is also a cervical range of motion computerized tool that identifies dysfunction or disability in the muscles of the head and neck. This allows the dentist to determine what type of treatment or combination of therapies might be needed.

The Trudenta system does not involve pain, needles or drugs. It is conservative and non-invasive, and the program is specifically designed to get patients off drugs. Most patients report the therapy is very relaxing, and most experience pain relief after just one or two treatments. The therapy involves a combination of FDA approved medical devices to reduce inflammation and restore blood flow to the muscles and the TMJ.

The TruDenta system is effective for patients with TMJ problems, but also for patients who clench or grind their teeth and have tinnitus (ringing of the ears). Others who have benefitted from the system include those who are suffering as a result of head or neck injuries from sports-related traumas, falls or accidents.

Information provided by Dr. Steffany Mohan, dentist, author and speaker, Plaza Dental Group, 1089 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 100, West Des Moines,, 515-224-5999.

One Comment

  1. I suffer from tinnitus ( 9 years now). My ear doctor says my ears are healthy….I do have some noise-induced hearing loss due to my career as classical musician..which I’m trying to reverse through Ayurvedic therapies…The ringing is much worse on the right side and I have tried many therapies including Vedic sound therapies that help with the ringing on the left side—but not the right. I have 2 missing teeth on that right side–lost a lower bicuspid at age 14 ( I’m now 59) and lost the last lower molar about 8 years ago. I also lost an upper rear molar on left side at age 21. I have had bionator adjustments to improve my malocclusion at age 28 when my jaw actually collapsed..Saw a dentist who specialized in correcting malocclusions and wore a bionator for 9 months to correct it….My bite is not perfect….but it’s not bad so my current dentist tells me and he has taken all the rough edges off the teeth to smooth it…HOWEVER, MY EAR DOCTOR SAYS IF THE BITE FORCE IS STRONGER ON ONE SIDE (LEFT SIDE IN MY CASE HAS MORE TEETH) IT PUTS PRESSURE ON THE TMJ OF THE OPPOSITE SIDE (RIGHT SIDE HAS MORE RINGING)…an agitated nerve that rings when I chew sometimes…. I THOUGHT ABOUT A LOWER RIGHT PARTIAL DENTURE SINCE I HAVE ONLY ONE MOLAR ON THAT SIDE, BUT MY CURRENT DENTIST SAID NOT NECESSARY. CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME?
    I’m in Fairfield ( South-east) Iowa. Thank you. Graciella Zogbi…

    PS I would like to know your approach and diagnostic procedures …..
    Also I’m hoping my Iowa Health and Wellness Insurance which includes dental coverage will cover the expenses?

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