TruDenta from Your Shirck Orthodontics Team
The Shirck Orthodontics team is dedicated to offering advanced techniques and technologies to assist patients in achieving a lifetime of healthy smiles. One of our recent additions is the TruDenta system. TruDenta combines state-of-the-art bite force and range of motion analysis technology with a painless, effective treatment process. TruDenta can be used to determine whether a misaligned bite may be responsible for oral health concerns, headaches, jaw pain, and more (which are generally referred to as TMJ Dysfunction).
What is TMJ Dysfunction (TMD)?
One of the main uses for the TruDenta system is pain free treatment for those suffering from temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) are tiny joints that attach the jaw (mandible) to the skull (temporal bones). These joints can become dysfunctional for a number of reasons including strain, injury, and unconscious or excessive movement (such as teeth grinding). The results of severe TMD, left untreated, are a wide range of painful and uncomfortable side effects detrimental to oral health.
TMD can be treated a number of ways, and many patients respond well to simple relaxation techniques, over the counter pain medication, and the use of ice packs.
Common Symptoms of TMD
- Pain, discomfort, or sensitivity in the jaw either while in motion or resting
- Earache or pain near the ear
- Facial pain, especially while jaw is in motion
- Frequent or constant headaches or migraines
- Difficulty chewing or speaking
- Difficulty opening mouth
- Clicking, grinding, or other sounds when jaw is in motion
The TruDenta System
TruDenta is an evaluation and treatment planning system. It is not one tool or technique, but rather a combination of numerous beneficial assessment and relief technologies to offer patients pain free, minimally invasive treatment for TMD and other joint, muscle, or functional disorders that may or may not be connected to oral health. The first step in the process is to determine the underlying causes of TMD and other dysfunctions, and then offer progressive, pain-relieving therapies.
Assessment – Before offering any treatment, TruDenta relies on a variety of tests to understand the source of a patient’s discomfort. The assessment includes bite force analysis, range of motion analysis, headache history, muscle exams (searching for painful trigger points in the musculature), and a head exam. Once these examinations are completed, your orthodontist will offer a personalized treatment plan based on your results.
Treatment – Once the assessment process is completed, patients begin a personalized treatment plan that may include ultrasound, trigger point, electro-current, or low-level laser therapies.
How an Orthodontist Uses TruDenta
At Shirck Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer treatment for our patients utilizing this unique system. Many people who seek orthodontic correction for misaligned bite also experience pain related to years of chewing and speaking with a jaw that is not in its ideal position. The orthodontic correction of a misaligned bite with braces and oral appliances is one way that we cure the underlying cause of pain, all the while working in conjunction with the precise results of the TruDenta assessment process.
Find Out More
If you’ve experienced significant or constant facial pain, contact the Shirck Orthodontics team to schedule a FREE consultation today. We’ll use the unique TruDenta system to examine your face and jaw structure and create a personalized treatment plan with or without orthodontic treatment to help relieve your pain, correct your bite alignment, and help you smile comfortably once again.
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