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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

At NJ Headache Relief Center, we primarily focus on pain management for jaw-related headaches, migraines, and TMJ issues. If you are looking for compassionate yet skilled practitioners, our dental care team headed by Dr. Richard Ekstein is here to help you get the care you need. Our priority is to deliver the highest quality mouth and jaw therapy to our patients in a comfortable and understanding setting. We primarily serve North Arlington, NJ. and the surrounding area.

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Our Doctor:

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Dr. Richard Ekstein

As a Board Certified Prosthodontist, I specialize in Cosmetic, Reconstructive and Implant Dentistry. I choose to be a sole practitioner so that all of my patients receive a consistent quality of care. We use only the highest quality labs to fabricate customized crowns, veneers, and dentures for our patients.

As a patient, know that you will find excellent support and care in every aspect of what we do here at Smile Design Specialist. I like to start your office visit in our consultation room so that your journey with us begins in a relaxing environment. We will comfortably discuss your needs and goals, which in turn allowed us to co-create a treatment plan for you that fully supports their dental and overall health while taking the emotional and financial issues into consideration.

At Smile Design Specialist in North Arlington, NJ we offer many of dentistry’s latest technologies; digital x-rays, 3D imagining and T-Scan’s, but our amazing team is what makes us truly special! Our hygienists are gentle and thorough and the front office will impress you with their friendliness and ability to handle all aspects of your care — from scheduling to insurance filing. It’s a difference you have to experience for yourself, so I invite you to schedule an appointment today!

Over the years I have had many professional interests. In recent years I have carefully studied Dentomandibular Sensorimotor Dysfunctions and employed cutting edge of Neuromuscular Dentistry techniques for long-term pain resolution here at the Smile Design Specialist offices in Bergen County, NJ.

My Prosthodontic training has served as a platform to support my efforts to implement the next generation of diagnostic technologies and treatment protocols for such conditions as chronic headache pain, severe migraine pain, TMJ/TMD, chronic tension in the head and neck regions, and even tinnitus.

Dentomandibular rehabilitation (neuromuscular rehabilitation) can help to solve all of these problems and now that the breakthrough advancements in technology are here we are providing direct access to to them for our patients. We are confident that we can help most patients to achieve a healthier, pain-free life for the long-term.

I also participate in numerous continuing education courses and local study groups so that I can stay on top of any and all advancements that may help me to advance my practices technically and provide patients with with better care.

Originally from West Caldwell, New Jersey, I now call Byram my home. I’ve been happily married for 25 years to my wife, Fran, who now works with me. We have two daughters: Amanda teaches English overseas and Aurora attends the University of Connecticut. I’ve been a dog person for my entire life and have one at home and the ones that have passed live on in my heart.

When I’m not in the office I enjoy skiing and restoring classic cars. In the fall I try to sit back and enjoy the colors, and on occasion my wife and I will take long rides down quiet country roads.

Lately I enjoy crying over my favorite team J-E-T-S, JETS JETS JETS! When football season is over I step into my skis and hit the slops as much as possible to enjoy the snow.

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312 Belleville Turnpike, Suite 3B, North Arlington, NJ 07031

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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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