Treatment for Migraines and other TMJ related problems

Disclusion Time Reduction (DTR) Therapy

Could Your Oral Health Be The Reason Behind Your Headaches?

Why go to a dentist for head pain? If the timing and force of your bite are out of alignment, the muscles controlling your jaw become tired and overworked. These fatigued muscles can cause radiating jaw pain, chronic headaches, and neck tension. Disclusion Time Reduction(DTR) is a non-invasive therapy involving minuscule adjustments to the biting surfaces of the teeth, by removing small amounts of tooth enamel and adding tooth colored filling to balance out the bite. This allows the muscles in the face to relax, alleviating symptoms and eliminating pain, tension, and headaches.


Read more below.

Signs You May Have A Bite Discrepancy

You May Be Suffering From Bite Issues If You Are Experiencing Any Of The Following:

Unable to chew gum for more than 5 minutes

Pain & stiffness while chewing

Extreme teeth wear

Excessive mouth breathing

Failure to swish cold water due to sensitive teeth

Popping or clicking jaw joint

Facial pain, even when the jaw is not moving

Speech problems

The Impact On Your Body

A misaligned bite can cause a wide range of health problems in an otherwise healthy person.

Migraine Headaches

Tooth Sensitivity

Chronic Facial Pain

Sore Chewing Muscles


Jaw Pain

Ear Aches

Neck & Shoulder Pain

DTR Therapy Procedure

The T-scan device will provide a bite force analysis to measure the percentage of force between opposing teeth on a tooth by tooth basis. It will calculate the timing, balance, and impact between teeth while chewing. Computer-guided technology aids in the removal of small amounts of the tooth structure and shows where the uneven pressure is located to show where the tooth needs to be built up. Muscle activity is also monitored during the process and as the force and balance even out, the muscles will start showing signs of relaxation, often time relieving the patient's pain before they even step foot out of the office.

Treatment time with Disclusion Time Reduction is usually one to three visits, with results lasting years, in most cases, as quoted by a nine-year follow-up study.  In fact, a recent study has shown that Disclusion Time Reduction provides patients with a more comfortable life because there's no need for splints, a soft food diet, or physical therapy. What's more, long-term use of pain medication was reduced by over 90%.

DTR therapy requires zero surgery, prescription medication or recovery time.

DTR: Insurance and Billing

Does my insurance cover DTR?

Some insurance plans may cover part of the occlusal analysis or part of the DTR treatment. It is important to note that although insurance may offer a benefit, DTR is a specialized treatment and is above and beyond a typical occlusal analysis or occlusal adjustment. If this is a covered service under your plan, you will likely be asked to sign a release acknowledging the limits set by your insurance and that you may be charged above them.

What does the cost include?

The fee for DTR Therapy includes all TMD records, analysis, and DTR appointments. Most patients will have significant relief from their symptoms within 1 or 2 treatments, but few may require more. This also includes follow up visits. If you need new retainers after your treatment, they will not be included in the cost but will be offered at a reduced cost to you.

What are my payment options?

We do not have any in-house payment options for DTR Therapy, but you can read more about other payment options here.

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