The Star of the South 2017 dental convention was held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston March 2-4. It’s a large meeting as nearly 6,000 people attended. Dr. Coker spoke and gave a live demonstration on Thursday in the Exhibit Hall. The title of his presentation on DTR was “No Pain, Tremendous Gain.”
Dr. Coker showed dentists how to use new technologies to help eliminate overactive muscle activity, headaches and jaw pain. Using the T-Scan software to get a computer assisted analysis of a patient’s bite (the way a person’s teeth come together and the force of each one) and the Bio EMG device which measures muscle contractions, a dentist can then alter those forces which provides relaxation of the muscles and relief of pain.
He then explained to the dentists how to read the computer screen and then which spots on the teeth might need a slight touchup to make sure the forces of the bite are evenly arranged. In doing so, the dentist can see exactly when and in what position the teeth are when the muscles calm down and quit firing so fast. Once the muscles are able to calm down, the head and neck pain the person had previously been feeling almost miraculously disappear.
Whenever there is an interference in the way your teeth come together, your jaw muscles will begin to ache and get tired. This tension can then move to the muscles in your forehead or your neck or on the top of your scalp. You have no idea that something is wrong with your “bite,” until you go to a dentist who has the high tech equipment and the knowledge of DTR. A bite registration is taken by biting on a thin sensor which is then shown on the computer screen. The screen will show which tooth hits first or hardest as you close your teeth together. Then you move your teeth from side to side and the interferences are shown on the big computer screen. Your muscle tension is measured. Once the DTR trained dentist sees the problem and then does a little finely tuned buffing on those tiny interferences your muscles will begin to calm down. Measuring a second time, the dentist can tell if there are still interferences and whether your muscles have calmed down. Often, the muscles relax during your treatment. It is that spontaneous.