Millions of Americans suffer from a chronic headache and TMJ pain impacting their life, work, and family. Pain becomes its own disease! Often times, sufferers have come to accept this pain as their “norm”, but life does not have to be this way! However, there is no “silver bullet” that will miraculously relieve patients of this burden. That is why we have developed the 3D Perry Protocol to look at all dimensions of the condition and identify those causative agents that are contributing to our patients’ pain.
Recently nominated for Texas Dentist of the Year by his peers, Dr. Christopher Perry has lectured internationally on a myriad of topics that range from digital dentistry, occlusal analysis, and care of the pregnant dental patient.
During the preliminary phase, we, and our patients, go through a process of discovery together. It is the period of data gathering and a comprehensive approach to identifying causative, curative, and compounding factors impacting our patients’ condition and lives. Dr. Perry acts as the quarterback coordinating efforts to look at all aspects of the disease: from muscle and TMJ, to sleep, to tooth function, diet, and sinus issues. Dr. Perry has a trusted network of colleagues to whom he refers. While you undergo initial muscle rehabilitation in our office through modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, massage, and the utilization of various TMJ orthotic devices and/or Botox, we may refer you to our colleagues in nutrition, sinus issues, neurology, sleep medicine, exercise physiology, and physical therapy for an evaluation.
You, as the patient, can discover for yourself if we are on the right track. While this phase is not designed to cure your condition, you should begin to feel some relief and see that we are going in the right direction. If not, then we reevaluate our approach. If yes, then we move on to the Diagnostic Phase
During the Diagnostic Phase, we begin to strip away the different layers of the disease and really hone in on the key players in your pain. One of the critical elements of the Diagnostic Phase, if we are dealing with bite imbalance and force issues, is the bite study. This is a comprehensive evaluation of jaw function and how the teeth themselves might be interfering in the process. During the Discovery and early Diagnostic Phases, we are relaxing and reprogramming your musculature to eliminate deleterious habits they have developed to compensate for the inefficiencies and imbalances that may exist in your bite. It is not until these muscles are no longer bracing each other that we can determine if there is an underlying bite issue that was the genesis of the cascade of pain.
Once we have made a true diagnosis of your condition, we can move on, if you so choose, to the Definitive Therapy Phase.
Our first two phases, Discovery and Diagnostic, will hopefully have given you some relief, hope, and an idea of in which direction your Definitive Therapy will proceed. But the results we achieve in the first two phases are transient. The Definitive Therapy Phase is designed to achieve long-lasting, stable relief. Quite honestly, we don’t know what that therapy will be until we get to this point. Just because Dr. Perry is a dentist doesn’t mean every problem has a dental solution. Our goal is that you feel well. If we find that you had a sinus condition that, once managed, remedied all of your pain, great. If you have cervico genic headaches and physical therapy is what you truly need, terrific. If modifying your diet reduces systemic inflammation and you feel like yourself again, awesome! If you have sleep-disordered breathing and addressing your sleep apnea reinvigorates you and you feel like a million bucks, then we have done our job. Sometimes maintenance with Botox is the definitive therapy.
If, however, there is an underlying bite dysfunction that is at the core of your disease and makes no mistake, pain is a disease, then we will develop a comprehensive dental rehabilitation plan to stabilize your bite and get you chewing efficiently, effortlessly, and without pain. Treatments can range from minor tooth modification to total rehabilitation of the dentition. Rest assured, our therapy will be based on your individual needs and Dr. Perry is extremely conservative in his treatment, believing that “NO dentistry is the BEST dentistry.”
An underlying bite issue may well be compounded by all of the factors above and that is why we have found that this comprehensive approach to your well-being is most effective. We look forward to taking this journey with you and being your guide on the path to your best self.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms shown above, our trusted dentists in San Antonio at Perry Dental Health can help so call us today for a painless evaluation and examination using our patented TruDenta® diagnostic technologies. Call (210)377-3779.
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