TruDenta Therapy Evaluation
Before you start your treatment plan, you can expect to have a couple of assessments, they include the following:
Head Health Questionaire:
During the first appointment, the most critical part of the process begins with the patient history in the initial examination. It is imperative that the dentist listen to the patient’s verbal report of what the problem is, how long it has been a problem, where the problem is, what might have triggered it, etc. Knowing your history helps to identify and rule out likely causes of your headaches and chronic pain. Trauma to the head neck and face is more common than you might think—-it can be caused by anything from orthodontic work to mild sports injuries.Many times patients have been dealing with this situation for quite a while and are well informed due to visits to many different types of health care providers. Other times, they have no understanding, and education is an important component of the initial evaluation and consultation.
Bite Force Analysis (T-Scan)
Your jaw is one of the most complex and delicate joints in the human body. The TruDenta T-scan technology is a measurement device with a sensor that is able to analyze and display the different forces at play in your mouth and jaw. It can objectively determine if there are any imbalances in the way that it moves. It gathers detailed information about the various forces at work throughout your mouth. The T-scan analysis software allows us to have a tooth-by-tooth analysis of the forces and balances in your mouth, right down to how much pressure is exerted by each individual tooth. The occlusal assessment creates an accurate 3D digital model of the way that these forces are distributed. Studies have shown that it is the most accurate device of its kind, and it is this accuracy that helps us effectively locate and treat dental imbalances.
Range of Motion (ROM)
If your head and neck are not moving comfortably, it could be connected to subtle problems with your jaw. Your TruDenta team will perform a Range of Motion Analysis to compare the movement of your head and neck to the healthy human average. TruDenta’s ROM system measures any abnormal or restricted movement in your head and neck and highlights any irregularities in order to narrow down potential causes that might be related to issues with the jaw.
This exam provides detailed digital measurements and shows us exactly where your range of motion is decreased, allowing for increased accuracy and focus during treatment and enables the dentist to create your specialized treatment plan.
Headache History Form:
Tell us your story. Many headache sufferers have been struggling with their symptoms for years, and we want to know the details—your past history of symptoms helps Dr. Malan make a better diagnosis and apply a more focused treatment plan.
Comprehensive Muscle Exam
If you’re experiencing soreness in specific areas of your face or neck, you have already experienced the existence of “trigger” points. Trigger points manifest as knots or bands in the muscle and can often cause pain in other locations.
Active trigger points are actively referring pain and causing noticeable discomfort, while latent trigger points cause stiffness and restricted motion. During a thorough myofascial muscle palpitation exam, our TruDenta specialist will manually palpate and locate trigger points that will need to be focused on during the TruDenta therapy. A measurement of your mouth movements, joint function, jaw movement, opening capacity, trigger points, and occlusion are evaluated and measured as well.
An updated panoramic x-ray is necessary and conveys valuable information about the joint and mandible condition.
Dental Orthotic/Night Guard Exam:
(based on your customized treatment plan)
Wearing a dental orthotic or night guard splint can not only protect your teeth from the effects of clenching and grinding but can help with giving your jaw a break while you sleep. Combined with relaxation techniques, wearing a custom night guard provides the best chance to not only reduce your symptoms but also to decrease the frequency and intensity of teeth grinding episodes. Though there is no easy cure for bruxism, you can protect yourself from the symptoms and it may also be the first step towards less frequent and less intense episodes of teeth grinding and clenching.
- Enamel Protection
The most obvious benefit of an orthotic is the protection it will provide for your tooth enamel. They provide a layer between your teeth which will prevent them grinding together and eroding your tooth enamel. Your teeth are composed of a layer of hard protective enamel covering a layer of dentin which protects the cluster of nerves and blood vessels at the heart of the tooth. Long-term untreated bruxism (clenching/grinding) can erode your teeth through both the enamel and dentin to expose the pulp of nerves and vessels. Not only does this compromise the integrity of your teeth, but can also lead to intense pain. Even if you are unable to stop your teeth grinding and clenching, wearing a dental night guard can prevent the destruction of your teeth.
- Cushioning for Jaw Muscles
Waking up every morning with pain around the cheeks and jaw is usually a sign of clenching or grinding teeth. Your jaw muscles are very strong, able to exert a force of up to 300 pounds , so it is no wonder they will hurt when they are allowed to clench tightly for an entire night’s sleep. Dental orthotics provide a barrier between the upper and lower teeth protecting the jaw muscles from this extreme tension. Dental night guards are thin and comfortable, yet they still provide enough cushioning to not only protect tooth enamel, but also to support your jaw and prevent the discomfort of daily facial pain.