Back, neck, facial and dental headache treatment in Derby

Allenton Dental Practice based in Derby is a specialist BioPAK centre covering North England and the Midlands. We offer diagnosis and treatment of dental headaches and facial, neck and back pains as well as bite balancing and jaw joint health.

You can download an information leaflet containing more details on BioPAK, as well as the full version of this survey, by clicking here (830KB PDF).

The health of your jaw joints and the way your teeth bite together (occlusion) is particularly important if you:

  • suffer from headaches or migraines
  • have any 'clicking' or 'popping' or grating in your jaw joint
  • experience discomfort in your teeth when you chew
  • are considering to have implant or cosmetic dentistry
  • have been involved in a road traffic accident
  • have experienced any trauma to your face in an accident, injury or assault
  • are suffering from pain in your face, neck and back.

Many people live with head, neck and back problems through undiagnosed problems of the jaw joint. As a BioPAK centre, we provide a comprehensive diagnosis process enabling us to identify the cause of any jaw joint problems and offer successful treatment.

Our BioPAK services in Derby include:

  • Bite balance and timing
  • Jaw joint analysis
  • Full biometric analysis for orofacial pain and headache sufferers
  • Rehabilitation analysis


Bite Balance and Timing

Dental occlusion is the way your teeth meet when you bite together, chew and swallow. All teeth should come into contact with one another simultaneously with minimal force. As you chew and move your jaw around your back teeth should not touch.

When this does not happen, your occlusion is unbalanced and as a result you may experience:

  • Excessive wear
  • Damaged restorations
  • Teeth becoming loose
  • Gums recede
  • Jaw joint clicks
  • Pain in the jaw joint
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Muscle tension in the face and neck
  • Sensitive teeth

We will ask you to bite on a very thin sensor, called a T-Scan™, to measure how your teeth contact together, including the force of your bite and moving your jaw from side to side. This data is then analysed by a computer and presented as a movie. Timing measurements are taken and the sequence and force of tooth contact is noted.

We will then use this information to explain the range of treatments available to you to help resolve your symptoms.


Jaw Joint Analysis - Derby East Midlands

Whenever we move our jaws to eat, talk or swallow we use a series of muscles to move the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

The TMJ is a complex structure of bone, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and muscles bound together in a capsule. The capsule is filled with lubricating fluid produced by special cells.

In a normal joint, as your jaw opens the top of the jaw bone moves down a groove in your skull. To stop any rubbing and grinding a disk of cartilage, positioned between the two bones, moves with the jaw.

If the disk of cartilage has become dislocated the jaw bone rubs against the skull often causing pain. As your jaw opens wide the cartilage, which is tethered to the back of the joint, pops back into place.

Over time the stress on the joint structures caused by the dislocation of the disk can cause significant and irreparable damage. As we move the TMJ several thousand times a day, ensuring it moves correctly is critical to your health.

Symptoms of TMJ damage

  • Chronic headaches
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Ear congestion
  • Facial pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Clenching & grinding teeth
  • Dizziness
  • Shoulder/back pain
  • Limited jaw opening or locking jaw.

Joint Vibration Analysis

We also use a joint vibration analyser (JVA) to sense the vibrations coming from the joint determine the internal condition of the TMJ. This is a very accurate method and is completely non-invasive.

Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA) places a set of sensors is placed over the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). You open and close your mouth to make your TMJ function. The sensors pick up the vibrations coming from the TMJ on each side and the data is analysed to produce a very accurate understanding of your joint.


Full Biometric Analysis for Orofacial Pain and Headache Sufferers

When doctors and neurologists can find no cause for the headaches, it may be possible that have some form of craniofacial problem related to your TM joint and the way your teeth fit together or the muscles of your head and neck.

To determine the nature of the problem we will undertake a series of diagnostic tests including:

  • Joint Vibration Analysis (electrovibroscopy)


Rehabilitation Analysis

After undertaking our diagnostic tests, we will then discuss with you our findings and the range of possible treatments.


Your Jaw and Bite Survey

Have you ever been diagnosed with a problem with either jaw joint?
Does your jaw joint click, pop or make noise when you open and close it?
Do you have pain or tenderness in your jaw joint when you open, close or chew?
Has your jaw ever locked open or closed?
Have you ever had a bite splint or mouth guard made for you?
Do you have a history of trauma to your chin or jaw, such as a blow to the face or a car accident?
Do you have headaches, neck or back problems?
Are you being treated by an osteopath, chiropractor or physical therapist?
Do you suffer from a movement disorder (tic) or have you been diagnosed as having Tourette Syndrome?
Have you undergone orthodontic treatment?
Have you experienced broken, sensitive or worn teeth?
Do you have or have you been told you clench and/or grind your teeth?

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Many people live with head, neck and back problems through undiagnosed problems of the jaw joint.

As a BioPAK centre, we provide a comprehensive diagnosis process enabling us to identify the cause of any jaw joint problems and offer successful treatment.

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