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If you are a migraine sufferer, you’re probably willing to try just about anything to relieve your migraine pain. Have you considered going to the dentist for pressure migraine relief?

That’s right, the dentist. The therapy system is called TruDenta, and it does not involve needles or medications.

Read on to find out what TruDenta is and how it works.

What is TruDenta?

TruDenta therapy is not a drug. Rather, it is a comprehensive system with which dentists treat orofacial disorders. Such disorders include migraines and other headaches.

It also treats vertigo, tinnitus, and temporomandibular joint disorders.

The TruDenta system works by progressively adjusting your bite or the way that your teeth bite together. Think of it as rehabilitation therapy for your mouth and jaw.

The Temporomandibular Joint

The key to understanding the Tru Denta system is knowing what the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is and how important it is to your health. It is the delicate ball joint in your jaw.

The temporomandibular enables your jaw to open and close as well as move from side to side.

Your jaw exerts a great deal of force as it functions. Changes to the way it moves may cause an imbalance over long periods of time.

The result can be chronic pain and beyond. The pain can spread through the nerves and to your face, neck, and head.

Causes for Jaw Pain

Any number of things can trigger pain in the jaw, head, and neck.

One example is poor dental work, and another is physical trauma from an automobile or sports accident. Jaw pain can also come from teeth grinding, excessive gum chewing, or uneven chewing habits.

Your jaw is a joint. As with any joint, conditions like TMJ occur over time. If you have an imbalance in the way your teeth come together to bite, or in the way you move your jaw, you can stress the muscles and nerves in that area.

What Makes TruDenta Different?

Treatment for TMJ and other jaw disorders has existed for years. Usually, the patient wears a type of mouth guard, for instance. Though, TruDenta therapy is far more comprehensive.

It is a rehabilitative approach that applies techniques from recent breakthroughs in sports medicine. As with other muscle or joint injuries, treatment often occurs over a period of weeks to months.

TruDenta practitioners, like physical therapists, receive specialized training for the whole spectrum of disorders and treatments.

How TruDenta Rectifies Misdiagnosed Bite Imbalances

Often, the primary symptom patients list is NOT jaw pain. So, finding the cause of dental headaches or migraines is challenging. For this reason, TMJ problems often go undiagnosed and thus untreated.

TMJ problems and related bite imbalances don’t always surface as actual pain in the face or jaw. Though, these conditions do cause abnormal muscle tension that impacts the ligaments and nerves of the neck and face.

This causes neck pain, migraines, chronic headaches, and facial soreness. It can even cause ear pain, tinnitus, and vertigo.

In fact, the cause of a migraine alone is difficult to diagnose. Causes range from TMJ issues to high blood pressure, to a neck injury, and so on.

TruDenta system can pinpoint whether TMJ is the cause.

How the TruDenta System Diagnoses TMJ Issues

The TruDenta system resolves issues related to the TMJ. Thus, having a proper diagnosis is essential for selecting the right treatment.

TruDenta’s rehabilitative system thus involves performing a complete battery of diagnostic tests. These tests measure any imbalances in the way your teeth bite together.

One set of diagnostic tests measures the pressure when you bite down. Imaging creates a 3D map of your mouth. The results let you know the exact force that exerts on each tooth, not just your jaw as a whole.

A trained TruDenta dentist can immediately if your bite is misaligned, and whether treatment is warranted.

How Long Does TruDenta Therapy Take?

Keep in mind that every patient is different, as is each joint injury. That being said, a TruDenta-trained dentist can often resolve severe TMJ disorders in eight to ten treatments.

Similar to treatment for sports injuries, the treatment time for TruDenta therapies often depends on how well the patient’s ligaments and muscles respond to therapy.

The severity of the problem influences treatment time as well. Finally, treatment is customized to the individual and the condition, similar to any traditional injury.

What Are TruDenta Treatments Like?

While TruDenta treatments occur in a dentist’s office, procedures are non-invasive. You won’t have the poking and scraping you usually associate with a dentist visit. Treatments are drug-free as well.

Much of the rehabilitation process involves gentle technology like ultrasound, trigger point manipulation, and cold laser therapies. All of these are targeted toward pain relief.


Ultrasound therapy helps restore circulation to damaged tissue. It uses sound waves to create heat, promote healing, and break up scar tissue.

Trigger Point Manipulation

Trigger point manipulation involves stimulating the muscles and joint tissue, which triggers circulation and promotes healing.

Cold Laser Therapy

Finally, cold laser therapy promotes the healing of inflamed areas. In these cases, long-term imbalances of the jaw cause the inflammation. Cold laser treatment reduces pain along with inflammation.

Does Dental Insurance Cover TruDenta Therapy?

As you know, insurance providers vary. TruDenta practitioners can contact your insurance provider to check for benefit coverage.

Sometimes, insurance companies resist providing coverage for treatments related to migraines. You may get approval with some persistence.

Also, it’s important to note that TruDenta treatments are in the category of physical therapy. Therefore, your medical insurance plan covers treatment rather than your dental insurance.

Call For An Appointment

If you are in discomfort or suffer from any of the head and neck conditions discussed in this article, you may benefit from an evaluation by a TruDenta-certified dentist.

If you’d like to learn more about TruDenta treatment options, please contact us.

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