All dentists are trained to fix, straighten, whiten, and replace your teeth. Some treat gum disease to keep you healthy and infection free. But most dentists are not routinely trained or equipped to diagnose and treat symptoms caused by the complex forces that operate and control your head, mouth, jaw and teeth.
The head, neck and mouth are home to a myriad of nerves, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and bones which affect not only your teeth, but your overall health and well-being. Dental forces, created by these elements, when not properly balanced, can result in symptoms which include chronic head, neck and facial pain, clenching, grinding, tinnitus (ear ringing), broken teeth, clicking/popping of the jaw and numerous other symptoms. Many patients suffer for years from migraines, daily headaches, and facial pain. Why? Many patients have what we call malocclusion (a bad bite) and it almost always goes undiagnosed by physicians and dentists alike. So patients end up with years of pain killers, doctors visits and missing out on life because of that chronic pain. Add to that worn and broken teeth and gum disease and you have an unhealthy combination.
Headaches, migraines, clenching, grinding, broken teeth and other symptoms are often the result of unbalanced forces within the mouth, head, neck and jaw. While not all headaches are caused by a bad bite, all headaches are directly related to your bite because the part of the brain that contributes to headaches is also connected to your bite. Only recently has a system been developed to properly examine, diagnose and treat the dental force related symptoms experienced by tens of millions of patients.
Prescription drugs, over the counter pain killers and anti-inflammatories are masking pain, not resolving the underlying problems. With these modern exam and diagnosis methods, it is possible that your force related symptoms can be diagnosed and treated quickly and painlessly and without the need for drugs or even permanent mouth guards or orthotics.
Dr. Levy utilizes state-of-the-art technology found in less than 1% of all dental offices in the U.S. today to help patients regain their lives without pain or discomfort. In less than 5 minutes, he can determine if your symptoms are a a result of force imbalance in your mouth using computer guided analysis of both dental force and range of motion. Certainly a lot more sophisticated than the little piece of black paper you are instructed to grind and bite on after a filling or dental crown placement!
Only a properly trained dentist can determine that, but chances are if you have been seeing physicians for years with little to no improvement, have worn down teeth, or have been in a car accident, it is very possible that you may have something going inside your mouth and it is best to have a consult to determine if that may be the real issue behind your pain.
Many patients have questions about protocols for headache therapy. How does it work? What will happen in my therapy appointments? How will I feel? The following are some answers to those questions as well as some important things to remember.
The headache center and dental nerve center in the brain are essentially one and the same. While not all headaches are caused by poor occlusion (bad bite), your bite contributes to most headaches. Improper or unbalanced forces within the head, neck, and jaw can be caused by a number of factors including previous dental treatment, poor work posture, accidents, head trauma, and many other conditions. By analyzing the dental forces in your mouth, we can accurately predict whether your headaches are being caused by or being contributed to by an uneven bite (malocclusion).
This therapy rehabilitates the muscles in the neck and jaw using many of the same techniques used to rehabilitate athletes after injury. The treatments are painless and drug and needle free. Dr.Levy will also do some minor tooth adjustment to balance the dental forces in the mouth. Computerized range of motion and measurement of dental forces by the use of a T-Scan will be assessed and monitored throughout the therapy.
The sessions are approximately one hour in length. We will use a combination of ultrasound, Alpha stim and laser therapies to rehabilitate the muscles responsible for your headaches and jaw pain. The therapy is very relaxing and you may find yourself falling asleep.
Dr. Levy will also take impressions for an orthotic to be worn at night while you sleep. The orthotic will help to keep the teeth from clenching and grinding thus enabling the therapy to continue to work. He will also occasionally perform minor tooth adjustments to balance the dental forces in the mouth. You will be given a home care kit and it is very important that you do the home care as instructed. This will enable you to heal faster and will keep the pain to a minimum.
Medical insurance frequently covers these procedures. It depends on many factors such as carrier , deductible, co-insurance, etc. We submit all therapies to your medical insurance carrier and we offer flexible financing options to make this therapy affordable to everyone.
Most people feel much better after the first treatment but it is not unusual for people to get a little worse initially. Your muscles and nerves are sometimes very inflamed and over stimulated. Therapy can aggravate the area and you may need to have an anti inflammatory drug regimen prescribed to help you through the first session or two.
Click on the following testimonials from REAL patients who have achieved predictable, permanent relief from chronic headaches and migraines.
Dr. Levy is one dentist who has had extensive training in treating patients with chronic headache and facial pain. His therapies range from rehabilitation of the muscles and nerves that contribute to chronic pain to correction of that “bad bite” through therapy and reconstruction of your smile.
Dr. Levy is uniquely trained and equipped with state-of-the-art technology to quickly examine and diagnose force related symptoms. He uses modern, proven methods to identify issues often missed by other practitioners. He and his staff can then provide a series of treatments and therapies which can result in lasting relief to patient's suffering from life impairing problems.
The treatments are painless, pleasant and require no drugs or needles. Treatments use systems and methods honed and perfected in treating elite athletes, rapidly and painlessly resolving issues from which patients have been suffering for years.