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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.

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At West Jefferson Headache 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. Alvin Jenkins 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 West Jefferson, NC. and the surrounding area.

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Our Doctor:

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Dr. Alvin Jenkins

Dr. Alvin Jenkins is an Ashe county native. If you ask him he will tell you he is a country dentist and he enjoys being just that. Since graduating from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Dentistry and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1976, he has continuously practiced right here in his hometown of West Jefferson. He set a goal to build an exceptional facility to allow himself and staff to provide a very high quality of dental services to the people of Ashe County and our region, and he will tell you that he will tell you that he is blessed by having accomplished that goal and having a dedicated, caring group of coworkers with whom to enjoy it.

Advancements in Training and Technology
Dr. Jenkins has always enjoyed building his practice with cutting-edge advances in the profession and has devoted hundreds of hours into continuing education courses. He enjoys very much participating in continuing education, from SHATKIN F.I.R.S.T. mini implant course to sedation dentistry, and sharing ideas with other dentists from the United States.

Dr. Jenkins was the first dentist to adopt the CEREC® CAD/CAM technology in Ashe County in the 1990’s when there were only 500 Siemens CEREC systems in the United States. He also removed mercury, amalgam fillings from the practice over 15 years ago. He was one of the first dentists to recognize technological trends that have been and continues to change dentistry for the better.

Additionally, Dr. Jenkins was the first dentist in our area to incorporate lasers into the practice and continues to use laser dentistry and the latest 3D scanning technology from 3M Corporation. He is working to eliminate gooey impression material totally.

Through his direction, Mountain Town Dental continues to seek out the most effective and beneficial products, techniques, and materials to better serve our clients in protecting their dental and general health, all of which are designed to be effective and keep patients’ costs down.

Professional Affiliations
International Association of Mini Dental Implantology
DOCS – Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
North Carolina Dental Society
American Dental Association

About His Team
Dr. Jenkins is especially proud of his staff. They are well trained, very professional, highly experienced, and very caring. He believes that they make our practice special. He is very excited about the future of dentistry and takes pride in being in the profession.

Outside the Office
Dr. Jenkins is a member of the Smethport United Methodist Church and has served in a variety of roles in the church including teaching Sunday school, Pastor Parrish Relations, Parsonage Committee, and trustee. It is the same church in which he wed his wife, Carolyn, in 1971. Dr. Jenkins’ daughter, Emily, is also a dentist and practices at Mountain Town Dental alongside him.

When Dr. Jenkins is not working he loves to be fishing and has even built two beautiful wooden Mackenzie River Drift boats. He particularly loves fly fishing and was told by one of his close friends, “you sure can cast pretty not to catch many fish.” He says he can’t argue with the statement. To him, it is about being outdoors and enjoying God’s creations; a fish is just a bonus.

Dr. Jenkins earned his Private Pilot Certification and an instrument rating, and is also a certified scuba diver. He is fluent in Spanish and speaks a little Chinese as well.

Contact Information
422 E Second Street Unit 2, West Jefferson, NC 28694

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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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