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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Twenty Years of Debilitating Pain, Can Neuromuscular Dentistry Help?

Comment from Kathy, 20 year history of pain in forehead, nose and all upper teeth. Very debilitating. Multiple doctors, multiple treatments.....no relief

Dr Shapira response:
Dear Kathy,
The pain you describe follows the innervation of the trigeminal nerve. It sounds like you are an excellent canidate for an evaluation and probably a diagnostic orthotic. It is always necessary to have a complete as possible history that is in chronological order. When did this begin and what was happening in your life. How has this pain affected you, your family and friends and how hs it changed you. I find that chronic pain can ruin patients lives and I want to unerstand these effects. I also want to know what treatment you had and how each worked. what medications you have tried. These are all clues we use alnong with neuromuscular orthotics to understand and treat problems.

You didn't ask but I assume you want to know if Neuromuscular Dentistry can help. I find that most patients have significant relief but not to expect miracles. Shoot for initial improvement of 50-80%. As you begin to feel better we continue to look for additional reuctions in pain as postural changes and nervous system changes take place.

Neuromuscular Dentistry allows the body to heal by removing the underlying pathology. Healing is an internal process and patients are unique which is why your history is so important.

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