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Voice problems and pain when singing resolved through Physiologic Neuromuscular Fixed Orthotic

Can difficulty with singing, inability in holding a note with power and facial pain after singing be related a poor jaw alignment even if the “bite” looks great?

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David is in college majoring in singing. He had previously had braces and has nice looking bite. No one diagnosed him as a TMJ patient but he has seen many doctors for pain. They diagnosed him as over stressed, stress disorder and having allergies then gave him allergy medication. The last 3-4 years his jaw has locked many times. He also has tingling in his fingers, pressure on his back teeth, migraines and tension in his shoulders, neck and back. Pain pills do not work well. He had his wisdom teeth removed about 2 years ago and the oral surgeon told him that his jaw kept locking while he was working on him.

His main reason for coming to Dr Raman is that he was having a lot of pain and tension in his jaws when singing. As a singer it is very important to try and relax. After hours of practice each week it would become so painful for him and he would develop extreme headaches. David felt as if he was just trying to survive through it and singing was no longer a source of joy for him.

David started to think that maybe there was something mentally wrong with him because he just did not understand what was going on with his jaw. His vocal teacher noticed the extra effort that it took for him to try and relax. He then suggested that David have his jaw joints checked out by a TMJ specialist. David did further research to find a specialist and that’s when he found Dr Raman.

David initially saw Dr Raman for a consultation to determine if he had poor jaw alignment even though his bite looked good and if his symptoms were due to that misalignment. He then proceeded with a series of diagnostic tests to determine the correct jaw and neck alignment. David was then fitted with a fixed Physiologic neuromuscular orthotic for 90 days. He said that this treatment has been life changing and even his vocal teacher noticed the difference right away. He can now hit notes he could not before, has more duration and holds a note with power. David feels hopeful that he can pursue his music passion and that there isn’t something mentally wrong with him.

Ear pain, tinnitus, jaw pain resolved through Physiologic Neuromuscular Dentistry

10% of all patients that go to an ENT specialist for ear pain, ear congestion etc. have NOTHING wrong with their ears at all, according to ENT specialists. Their pain is from TMD / TMJ disorder.

Unrelenting Ear pain, ringing in ear called tinnitus, jaw pain resolved through Physiologic Neuromuscular Dentistry. Physiologic Neuromuscular Fixed Orthotic resolved these symptoms when pain medications did not help.

Stan was having ear pain and dull jaw pain about a year ago. He went to his primary care doctor who told him that his jaw and face was constantly hurting. The doctor thought it was from clenching. Stan then went to his general dentist who also confirmed that his pain was coming from clenching. A couple of months later he started having ringing and sharp pain in his ear. He decided to see an ENT who examined his ear & throat which were normal. He told him to take over the counter Aleve for 2 weeks but it made no difference in the pain and then he was referred to Dr Raman.

Stan owns a construction company and always felt very fatigued. He also noticed that he could not lift heavy items as easily but just blamed these things on his job and age. Once Dr Raman evaluated Stan and determined that his symptoms were stemming from his poor jaw alignment he was then fitted with a fixed neuromuscular orthotic for 90 days. Within this 90 day period Stan saw an 80% overall improvement with his symptoms.

Stan said that he feels a lot better, not fatigued and that most of his pain has calmed down quite a bit. He can also lift more than he used to and feels more balanced.

If ear pain, ear congestion and ringing in the ear called tinnitus is affecting your life but the ear examination is normal, Physiologic Neuromuscular dentistry may help resolve those problems once and for all. It may also improve your overall balance and lessen fatigue.

16 year long headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain and disabling fatigue resolved with Neuromuscular fixed orthotic

Unrelenting headaches and neck pain resolved through Neuromuscular Fixed Orthotic when Topamax, pain management, chiropractic adjustments and pain medications did not help. TMJ splints by ‘specialists’ that estimated the jaw position worsened the headaches.

Carmen had a single crown done 16 years ago and ever since that procedure she has suffered with face pain, head pain then neck pain and shoulder pain later on. She felt as if her jaw joints were dislocated.

Carmen has seen several different doctors over the years from dentists, oral surgeons, rheumatologist to neurologists but no clear diagnosis was ever given. She was told that she was depressed and given Prozac. Based on a panoramic x-ray, she was told that there were no TMJ joint problems and prescribed Topamax and Medrol steroid pills. She has been through Prolotherapy, acupunture, trigger point injections and splint therapy and all were unsuccessful. She even had arthroscopic surgery done on both TM joints and only had 2 days of pain relief from it. The pain has been very intense for the past 10 years.

Carmen is an RN. With the medications, severe pain and disabling fatigue, she felt that it was no longer safe for her to work. She reduced her work load to part time and found even that was too much. So she completely quit the profession she loved, three years ago.

Carmen was then referred to Dr Raman for an evaluation. Following the TMD evaluation he felt confident that he can help her. CT scans and a series of Neuromuscular K7 jaw computer tests were done to determine the correct jaw/neck alignment. Carmen was then fitted with a fixed orthotic to maintain this diagnosed position. After 16 years of suffering, she was already 30-50% pain free after just 1 month. She was also able to go for 5 days without taking any anti-inflammatory medications after being on Naproxen or Mobic daily for 16 years. She was unable to gain weight for years because of the pain. She can eat better now and is happy that she has gained some weight.

To anyone that is dealing with unrelenting headaches, neck pain, ear pain & shoulder pain, Carmen says “Don’t give up. Find the right doctor to help you”.

Botox, Topamax,Pain meds,Chiropractic failed..while NFOO resolved years of Migraine

Carla started having really severe daily headaches when she was 22 years of age. She was taking pain medications every day. Her condition was diagnosed as Migraines by her neurologist who prescribed Topamax, Imitrex and pain medications for it. She was still getting daily migraines which led her to try Botox injections by a neurologist, Chiropractic adjustments 3 times a week for 2 years & injections by a Pain management specialist.

Carla was married around this time but did NOT want to start a family while she was on all these daily medications. She was concerned about the possible effects of these medications on the fetal development & would not risk the health of the baby. She was getting depressed and losing hope. She did not see any ‘light at the end of the tunnel’. She just could not accept that this will be her condition, the rest of her life with daily headaches and migraines.

Carla’s husband noticed her grinding & clenching her teeth in sleep. This led to her dentist referring her to a TMJ specialist in Tula, Oklahoma where she lives. The TMD splint that was made for her actually worsened her headaches. She reports that she was asked to protrude her jaw and that is where the bite was taken for the splint. After 2 years of treatment with that specialist with worsening symptoms, she sought out another.

This time she found a neuromuscular dentist that made her a removable neuromuscular orthotic that gave her a lot of relief. She still needed to take medications, but at least she was feeling better for the first time in years. For long term stabilization, this NM dentist was only able to offer Full Mouth reconstruction. He did tell her that if she were his 27 year old daughter, he would send her to Raman Center to do Neuromuscular Functional Orthodontics Orthopedics (NFOO) since very few doctors in the country do NFOO.

Carla was willing to travel anywhere in the world if she could have a pain free and drug free life so that she can start her family and enjoy quality of life. Driving 4 hours one way to Kansas City every month for over 2 years did not faze her at all to get her life back.

So Carla was referred by her NM dentist to us for a TMD evaluation and Neuromuscular Functional Orthodontics Orthopedics (NFOO). Once the precise Neuromuscular alignment of the jaw / head and neck was diagnosed, a fixed orthotic was constructed on her lower teeth to correct the alignment. This showed immediate relief of Carla’s symptoms. She was able to stop taking all medications within weeks. Further improvement of her jaw alignment was achieved during Neuromuscular Functional Orthodontics Orthopedics (NFOO). Shortly after that, she got pregnant and now has a handsome one year old young boy, Joseph. All of her braces and orthotic have been removed now. Her own natural teeth are coming together now to maintain her ideal jaw / neck alignment for the rest of her life. Carla is enjoying her improved quality of life through Neuromuscular Functional Orthodontics Orthopedics (NFOO).

Don’t readily accept taking neurologists prescribed medications for the rest of your life as the final word. No need to keep suffering with migraine and headaches when the underlying cause is a “bad bite”. It is not just teeth, but a poor jaw, head and neck alignment. It may be hard to believe. But neuromuscular dentistry can actually solve these problems in most cases. So if you are tired of the pain and hate taking medications with no end in sight, there is hope.

Watch this video of an actual patient who was helped through Neuromuscular orthotic and Neuromuscular Functional Orthopedics / Orthodontics (NFOO). She is pain free and completely off ALL medications.

Traditional orthodontics improves the smile cosmetically by straightening the teeth. 4 out of 5 patients we treat for TMD had previously had traditional orthodontics. So they often have ‘nice smiles’ but their jaws are poorly aligned. Once the optimal bite was diagnosed through advanced Neuromuscular protocols, moving the teeth along with bone support and gum tissue to this position is called Neuromuscular Functional Orthopedics / Orthodontics (NFOO). Objective electronic measurements of jaw / neck muscle activity and CT scans of the TM Joints guide the entire treatment. That is the big difference between NFOO and traditional orthodontics

It is hard to measure the life impact of this treatment in this young person’s life compared to how it would have been in her family life, social life, work life and general happiness if the unrelenting daily ‘migraines’ had continued.. No wonder Carla believes that it was “definitely worth” the cost & travel time it took for her NFOO.

Jaw surgery avoided through NeuroMuscular Functional Orthodontics / Orthopedics (NFOO)

If regular orthodontists & oral surgeons say that jaw surgery is the ONLY option to correct TMJ pain, joint / ear pain when chewing, DON’T accept that too quickly. NFOO has proven to be an EFFECTIVE and non-surgical resolution of such symptoms many, many times. Here is one case history.

Laramie started having really severe pain when chewing and ear pain when she was in grade school. Her mother thought that she was a finicky eater. But Laramie did not know what it is like to eat without pain in the ears and jaws. Her dentist referred her to an orthodontist even though her teeth looked straight, which is the usual reason for getting braces. After 3 ½ years of braces, she continued to have ear and jaw pain. The pain skyrocketed after her wisdom teeth were removed, which evidently aggravated her existing chronic pain.

Laramie’s mother was alarmed to see her continue to lose weight, down to 100 pounds. She realized that her daughter is not just a finicky eater, but it was painful for her to even chew any food. She only ate what she could swallow without chewing. Laramie was in constant ear pain and jaw pain. She became depressed but did not realize that the pain was causing it.

They consulted with the orthodontist that had previously treated her. He felt that it was beyond orthodontics and referred her to an oral surgeon. The surgeon believed that the only option was jaw surgery. They consulted with another orthodontist who also thought that it was beyond orthodontics at that point.

One of Laramie’s mother’s colleagues is Deb Waylon whom we treated for and resolved chronic migraines and jaw pain. She referred Laramie to us for a NMD consultation.

Traditional orthodontics improves the smile cosmetically by straightening the teeth. 4 out of 5 patients we treat for TMD had previously had traditional orthodontics. So they often have ‘nice smiles’ but their jaws were poorly aligned. Once the optimal bite was diagnosed through advanced Neuromuscular protocols, moving the teeth along with bone support and gum tissue to this position is called Neuromuscular Functional Orthopedics / Orthodontics (NFOO). Objective electronic measurements of jaw / neck muscle activity and CT scans of the TM Joints guide the entire treatment.
THAT is the difference between NFOO and traditional orthodontics.
Laramie remains pain free, happy, able to eat anything she wants to and got married during her treatment. Just because regular orthodontic braces therapy has not worked to correct TMD problems you don’t have to accept surgery as the only other option.

It may be hard to believe. But neuromuscular functional orthodontics / orthopedics (NFOO) can actually solve these problems in most cases without surgery. So if you are tired of the jaw pain and hate taking medications with no end in sight, there is hope.

Watch this video of Laramie, an actual patient who was helped through Neuromuscular orthotic and Neuromuscular Functional Orthopedics / Orthodontics (NFOO). She is pain free and able to chew any food she wants without pain.

It is hard to measure the life impact of this treatment in this young person’s life compared to how it would have been in her social life and general happiness if the unrelenting ear pain and painful chewing had continued. No wonder both Laramie and her mother believe that it was “definitely worth” the cost of NFOO.

Daily migraines resolved through Neuromuscular Functional Orthopedics / Orthodontics

Unrelenting headaches and Migraine resolved through Neuromuscular orthopedics orthodontics (NFOO) when Topamax, Imitrex, chiropractic adjustments and pain medications did not help that much.

Kenra started having really severe daily headaches when she was 16 years of age. She was taking Excedrin every day. Her condition was diagnosed as Migraines by her neurologist who prescribed medications for it. She was still getting daily migraines which led her to missing school many days. But if she took the medication and laid down in a dark room, it will subside. That was not practical to do with Kenra’s academic load in college. She was also getting chiropractic treatments but nothing resolved the headaches. Kenra tried Walmart mouth guards that were uncomfortable to wear and did not help either. She felt that there is “no hope” of a resolution either.

Kenra was referred by her dentist to us for a TMD evaluation which revealed the connection between her headaches and her jaw position. Once the Neuromuscular alignment of the jaw / head and neck was diagnosed, an orthotic was constructed on her lower teeth to correct the alignment. This showed immediate relief of Kenra’s symptoms.

Don’t readily accept taking neurologists prescribed medications for the rest of your life as the final word. No need to keep suffering with migraine and headaches when the underlying cause is a “bad bite”. It is not just teeth, but a poor jaw, head and neck alignment. It may be hard to believe. But neuromuscular dentistry can actually solve these problems in most cases. So if you are tired of the pain and hate taking medications with no end in sight, there is hope.

Watch this video of an actual patient who was helped through Neuromuscular orthotic and Neuromuscular Functional Orthopedics / Orthodontics (NFOO). She is pain free and completely off ALL medications.

Traditional orthodontics improves the smile cosmetically by straightening the teeth. 4 out of 5 patients we treat for TMD had previously had traditional orthodontics. So they often have ‘nice smiles’ but their jaws are poorly aligned. Once the optimal bite was diagnosed through advanced Neuromuscular protocols, moving the teeth along with bone support and gum tissue to this position is called Neuromuscular Functional Orthopedics / Orthodontics (NFOO). Objective electronic measurements of jaw / neck muscle activity and CT scans of the TM Joints guide the entire treatment. That is the difference between NFOO and traditional orthodontics

It is hard to measure the life impact of this treatment in this young person’s life compared to how it would have been in her social life, academic life and general happiness if the unrelenting daily ‘migraines’ had continued. She was recently engaged to be married to a naval officer and looks forward to earning her degree soon. No wonder both Kenra and her mother believe that it was “definitely worth” the cost of NFOO.

Headache, jaw pain, neck ache, ear pain, TMJ disorder and TMD cured!

Headache, jaw pain, neck ache, ear pain, TMJ disorder and TMD cured!

Is that a bold thing to say? But it is true. While most dental school professors that “treat” TMJ / TMD don’t believe that it is possible, this is not so far fetched for Neuromuscular dentists.

Here is a story of a medical student in her own words. You can hear her passion when she read what AADR – a group of mostly dental school professors are trying to do in setting the standard for all dentists.

Don’t get me wrong! I am not painting all dental professors with that broad brush. I loved many of my dedicated teachers in dental school. But I am only referring to this one group – AADR – which is dominated by a group of academics.

Watch this video of an actual patient who is a 3rd year medical student in Kansas City.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCRfDABzUTU

 

before-smile-face ltAfter smile

 

She had jaw pain, neck pain, headache, back pain, fatigue along with worn teeth. Worn teeth were her least important concern. But getting a beautiful smile in the process has to help in her career as a physician and in her life.

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TMJ / TMD story 2

Recently AADR- American Association for Dental Research – an organization almost entirely run by academic dentists issued a TMD policy. It says, in part, “Studies of the natural history of many TMDs suggest that they tend to improve or resolve over time.”

That certainly is not the case with the folks that we treat. They have been suffering for years and even decades before getting help through Neuromuscular dentistry.

So what is the academics’ solution? Bite guard or medications such as Neurontin or Gabapentin.

Here is a story of an Occupational Therapist whose husband is a highly trained Physical Therapist. She suffered for years with TMD symptoms including severe neck pain. Even after two Epidural steroid injection in the back of the neck, there was no relief.

She is now pain free with Neuromuscular treatment. Once the Neuromscular orthotic corrected her bite relation and gave her relief, orthodontics is being used to move the teeth to the proven position while developing the optimal shape of Maxillary arch. We are preparing to stabilize the results and improve the smile with porcelain restorations.

It was her option to do that instead of finishing the case with NM orthodontics alone which would have taken more time and would not have resulted in a great smile!

When she heard what the academics said….she disagreed with it. “It was not getting better on its own. Oh, no!”

Video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ANWclX2qPo