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There's a better way to treat chronic migraines and headaches

If you suffer from chronic migraines, you know how difficult they are to effectively diagnose and treat. The TruDenta system of diagnosis and treatment was developed to help uncover and resolve the frequently-overlooked causes behind your chronic migraines.

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Uncover the hidden causes of your chronic pain

The TruDenta diagnostic process uses the latest technology to closely examines the nerves, muscles, and ligaments that surround the head, neck, and jaw to find any signs of the inflammation and chronic stress that can lead to constant headaches.

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Get safe and lasting treatment from the doctors who understand your pain

If examination shows that your headaches are actually being caused by musculoskeletal problems, we can help. All TruDenta doctors have years of experience as dental professionals working with the delicate musculature of the jaw, neck, and head—a perfect background to implement TruDenta's process of progressive rehabilitation and physical therapy for the damaged joints and stressed musculature that cause chronic headaches.

Get to the root of your chronic migraines

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Knoxville’s premier provider of smiles is Pickering & Allen Orthodontics. Dr. Jim Pickering and Dr. Tyler Allen can give you the gift of smiling with confidence without self-consciousness or embarrassment. One can have the kind of smile that opens doors socially and professionally for the rest of your life. Another great benefit is an improved bite that leads to better dental health.

We believe that everyone deserves a healthy, confident smile. We treat children, teens, and adults of EVERY age. Schedule a FREE consultation (865.687.9412) at our North Knoxville or West Knoxville, Tennessee locations. Meet our team and discover how Pickering & Allen Orthodontics will listen to your desires and questions. We can provide you with a beautiful, brand-new, healthy smile!

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Our Doctor:

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Dr. James Pickering

Dr. James T. Pickering has been setting the highest standards in orthodontics since 1995. Highly educated, he obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville before attending the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis for his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree.

Dr. Pickering then completed his orthodontic training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and completed a General Practice Residency at Saint Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


Dr. Pickering feels it is important to stay on the cutting-edge of orthodontics. Thus, he maintains memberships in many prestigious professional organizations to keep up-to-date on the latest techniques and technology. He is currently a member of the:

American Association of Orthodontists
Southern Association of Orthodontists
Tennessee Association of Orthodontists
American Dental Association,Tennessee Dental Association,
2nd District Dental Association
Tennessee/Kentucky Damon Study Club

To give back to his local community, Dr. Pickering volunteers his spare time to the North Knoxville Rotary Club. He also enjoys educating his community on dentistry and orthodontics so he lectures publically to civic organizations and professionally to dental assistants, dental hygienists, and the Departments of General Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

Dr. Pickering is also the Orthodontic Consultant for the Children's Special Services branch of the Knox County Health Department and the Consultant for the cleft lip and palate team associated with Parkwest Plastic Surgery and the Orthodontist for the Team at East Tennessee Children's Hospital which is a member of the American Cleft Lip and Palate Association.


In his personal life, Dr. Pickering enjoys playing a variety of sports with his two beautiful children and friends.

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4741 North Broadway, Suite C, Knoxville, TN 37918, USA

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    The TruDenta Process

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    Bite Force Analysis

    Our proprietary T-Scan technology allows our doctors to precisely assess your mouth and jaw for dental imbalances during opening, closing, and chewing, right down to the amount and direction of the force exerted by each individual tooth.
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    Range of Motion Analysis

    Dental imbalances often cause chronic muscle tension and inflammation, which can in turn limit your head and jaw movement. Our doctors measure and monitor the movement range of your head and jaw to more accurately determine the most effective treatment plan for your symptoms.
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    Headache History Form

    Headaches can occur for many different reasons — in order to find the source of your headaches and determine if the TruDenta treatment process will be effective for you, your TruDenta doctor will speak with you in detail about your past headaches and their specific symptoms.
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    Muscle Exam

    Your TruDenta doctor will locate the latent trigger points in your face and neck that restrict motion and contribute to jaw imbalances — these knots of tense muscle are often missed without a thorough examination.
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    Head Health Questionaire

    Jaw or head trauma can cause a variety of hidden changes in the jaw, neck, and face that may later manifest as stiffness, pain, or headaches. By cataloging any possible sources of damage, your TruDenta doctor can more effectively focus your treatment plan.
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    Therapeutic ultrasound treatment returns circulation to chronically sore and strained muscles by providing gentle heat and increasing blood flow, while the targeted sound waves break up scar tissue and deep adhesions.
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    Trigger Point Therapy

    Manual trigger point therapy decreases and eliminates pain and tension in latent and active trigger points by breaking up muscle knots and increasing blood flow in order to decrease inflammation.
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    Our transcutaneous microcurrent stimulation therapy reduces muscle spasms and their accompanying pain through low-level electrical signals. It also decreases lactic acid build-up and encourages healthy nerve stimulation.
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    Low-Level Laser

    Our cold laser therapy decreases pain and inflammation and accelerates healing of muscle and joint tissue 25 to 35 percent faster than usual, while helping to rebuild natural nerve function.
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