Mike Callies came to see us in April 2010. Mike was not a current patient of ours, but was…6/22/2010
To whom it may concern:
Mike Callies came to see us in April 2010. Mike was not a current patient of ours, but was seeking relief of his symptoms which he had been dealing with for twenty plus years. He does not want to mask his symptoms with pain medication, but would prefer a long term way to fix his ongoing symptoms. Mike has been seeing his chiropractor for headaches and upper neck pain. He had also been to see the pain clinic at the University of Minnesota. They had made him a traditional mouthguard that did not alleviate any pain for him. Although he doesn’t know the exact cause of the symptoms, he associates its onset with either an automobile accident or extractions of his wisdom teeth that happened approximately at the same time.
Mike presented with daily headaches and or migraines, TMJ pain, TMJ noise, limited opening, clencing/bruxing, facial pain, sensitive teeth, difficulty chewing, cervical pain, and postural problems. Upon examination, Dr Jody found that Mike had an over-closed occlusion, equaling11.17mm. (The average vertical of occlusion is 19mm.) This is a classic situation where the condyle of the mandible(jaw) is positioned posterior and superior to the corresponding fossa of the maxilla (skull). The position of the condyle in the fossa is solely determined by how the teeth fit together(habitual bite) This out of balance TMJ system causes the muscles of mastication to be sore, the nerves in the area to be pinched, and the disk to be damaged. This is known as the pain/dysfunction cycle. It is a self-perpetuating condition wherein pain causes muscles tissue to stay in spasm which in turn causes pain- a viscous cycle. Waste products of pain cannot be carried away properly because blood flow to and from the area is also restricted due to the poor anatomy of the TMJ.
Posture can also play a significant role in one’s occlusion. The jaw could be considered one end of your interrelated skeleton, with the feet being the other end. If any part of the skeletal system is affected, it may in turn affect other parts of the system. Mike also has plenty of tension in his neck and upper back, most likely due to his malocclusion as well. So in summary, it is his habitual bite causing a unhappy TMJ that is causing pain all the way down his skeletal system!
We believe that a traditional mouthguard is not a good option for Mike because it does not consider his TMJ. It is cushioning his teeth, however it leaves his TMJ in the same position that continues the cycle of pain. With a neuromuscular mouthguard, we establish a good place for the TMJ to rest first using a TENS machine. We confirm that his muscles are happy in the said position with electromyography tests that provide information on the activity of the key muscles that control the jaw during various functions as well as rest. Once we establish this position, we build his mouthguard from there. In this mouthguard only, will he have an optimal bite. At rest, as well as when he bites, his muscles will not be over-firing and become fatigued. Although research for neuromuscular dentistry has been proving to be the answer for over thirty years, it is just now becoming more mainstream. It is not only the optimal way to deal with these problems, it is ethically responsible. It can be expected to be the way of the future for mouthguards.
Mike has been in his mouthguard for 6 weeks. His appliance opened his bite roughly 4 mm, bringing him closer to the ideal of 19mm. He no longer has headaches or migraines! His pain has been almost eliminated down his neck. We have broken the cycle of pain by allowing his TMJ joint to move freely in the corresponding space. His posture is better, also taking the tension of the nerves off of decending joints (neck and upper back). The nerves are not pinched, and muscles are not overworking to posture himself. He is a different person because pain is not controlling his day to day life. He is truly optimistic, and very grateful for his new mouthguard.
I would like to extend the most sincere, warmest thank you to all of you to allow me the op…I would like to extend the most sincere, warmest thank you to all of you to allow me the opportunity to do laser therapy treatment at your dental clinic. I believe it has truly helped me regain the majority of my facial muscle movements. I was devastated at first when I was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy and when there was little to no hope in regards to treatment options, the last place I expected to find it was at my local dental office during a routine cleaning visit. You have the most incredible caring staff I have ever met in a work place. I was overwhelmed how your staff has reached out to me and provided me treatment with real results.
I would like to extend a special thank you to Kate for making the initial phone call to me and going out of her way to find some treatment options for me. Thank you to Melissa for showing me how to use the TENS machine and allowing me to take it home at times. Thank you to Becca for filling in on laser treatments when Teri was not available.
A special thank you to Dr. Jody for your care and allowing me to do laser therapy at your office at no cost! I am still awestruck by this fact of your genuine compassionate services given. I think so highly of you and your professionalism, but most of all your kindness. And please know that you are recognized for these incredible characteristics in your surrounding community as well. To no surprise, your own staff speaks quite highly of you. In addition, when I would often mention laser therapy to my friends, coworkers and other medical professionals as a treatment I was doing I did mention your service and to no dismay no one was as impressed as I was for the service you were providing because they would often say that is the “kind of person Dr. Jody is” caring and giving, and kind. Thank you Dr. Jody. Words will simply not convey my sincere gratitude to you.
A special thank you to Teri, thank you so much for working countless late summer evenings for me and often staying late after work in order to do my laser treatments. Thank you for fitting me into your busy schedule and being so flexible with my own schedule. Thank you for making me laugh when all I really wanted to do was cry. I enjoyed so much talking to you and getting to know you. It was often the highlight of my day.
Thank you O’Brien Dental staff for your pristine professionalism and caring environment. But most of all, thank you for giving me my smile back.
I have to say I am truly glad I choose your practice for my veneers. I had been debating…I have to say I am truly glad I choose your practice for my veneers. I had been debating to do this for over 8 years and my only regret is that I did not get them done sooner. Your level of service and attention to detail is the best in my book, and your employees really make your practice shine. Everyone made me feel incredibly comfortable and welcome with each visit. I love my new smile and would highly recommend your services to anyone! Again thank you for everything!
Ever since I was a young girl, I had been self conscious about my crooked teeth. So much…Ever since I was a young girl, I had been self conscious about my crooked teeth. So much so, that I deliberately didn’t smile much. Much to my embarrassment I remember always being asked to smile. Coming from a large family braces were out of the question. Consequently as an adult, I was determined not to let my own kids suffer the same fate. I ended up putting my five kids through various orthodontic appliances and full sets of braces. By the time I finished making payments on all this, I was in my 50’s and the thought of me wearing a full set of braces now didn’t appeal to me.
During one of my cleaning appointments at O’Brien Dental, I jokingly mentioned how I always hated my crooked teeth. Dr. Jody told me she could fix that and proceeded to explain Invisalign to me. These were clear plastic retainers that would fit over my teeth and gradually realign them. I was amazed at how this process really worked. It was simple (changed to new retainers every 2 weeks), almost invisible in your mouth, painless, and the end result was stunning. Now I have a set of beautiful teeth and can confidently smile again!
After years of searching for a solution to my TMJ issues, you have the answer! You and you…Dr. Jody and my friends at O’Brien Dental Care,
After years of searching for a solution to my TMJ issues, you have the answer! You and your knowledgeable staff are friendly, efficient and understanding. I am telling everyone I know who struggles with TMJ about your new treatment!
“But I actually like going to my dentist!” is what I say to people when they make that face…“But I actually like going to my dentist!” is what I say to people when they make that face after I tell them I have been at the dentist. I have been going to O’Brien Dental since 2006 and absolutely enjoy going there! Upon my first visit I have been completely impressed by the staff, technology, and environment and haven’t even thought about going to a different dentist since. My dental needs have run the gamut…from cleanings to fillings to crowns to root canals to temporaries to veneers to implants to bite reconstruction. Throughout it all, everyone at O’Brien Dental has been incredibly kind, thorough, patient, and wonderful. I am so incredibly glad to have found Dr. Jody and her team at O’Brien Dental, and I highly recommend visiting them.
Going to the dentist can be a very distressing time, but at O’Brien Dental there is a calmi…Going to the dentist can be a very distressing time, but at O’Brien Dental there is a calming atmosphere, the personnel work very hard to make you as comfortable as possible during your visit. As important as that is, I’m most impressed with the care provided. I have had many dental issues over the years and have found that Dr. Jody is on the cutting edge to help fix those issues. We work as a team to come up wtih a solution that works for me, and results in a beautiful smile. There have been times in the past when I left a dentist office, and felt like just getting the cavity fixed was all that mattered, I wasn’t necessarily happy with the cosmetic side of the fix. Dr. Jody is not only happy to fix the problem, but she takes pride in making sure you look your very best.
This summer, I fell and knocked parts of my 2 front teeth off. I went to O’Brien Dental Car…This summer, I fell and knocked parts of my 2 front teeth off. I went to O’Brien Dental Care. Doc Jody handled my case and in less than an hour she had taken x-rays, filed the teeth down and prepared temporary ones right in the office. When the permanent teeth came in, Doc Jody not only had ordered a perfect color to match the rest of my teeth, she also was able to pull my teeth more in due to an overbite I had. I am so happy with the result and have to say that this is the best smile I have ever had. Everybody at O’Briens is a professional starting at the front desk. Thanks to all.
I want to thank you both for your time, fantastic efforts and excellent materials you provid…I want to thank you both for your time, fantastic efforts and excellent materials you provided for my new crown for my tooth: Thanks to you and your staff, I now will qualify for a kidney transplant which I have waited for 5 years. I am now prepared to recieve that call from the transplant center with all my dental work completed. I have worked very hard to build up my body to this status to be able to receive a kidney. I have never received such skilled and professional dental care in my whole life! The quality of the materials and the skill to install them were second to none. The result is a problem free perfect fit. The training from tec to dental assistant to all the dentists was fit for a king. All the O’Brien staff were very skilled, professional and caring and easy to work with. They blended my appointments to make the least number of visits with maximum care at each visit: I was advised on how to best care for my teeth going forward and provided samples and a toothbrush with a fantastic toothpaste which I will continue to use. At all times I was made to feel as their best paying customer: O’Brien customers are the luckiest dental patients in the world as they will truly receive the best dental care on the planet! O’Brien Dental is truly a one in a million company who really cares about their community and should be recognized accordingly! I would like to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart especially Dr. Holly, and her assistants who captained my team of professionals!
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I have been the recipeint of some wonderful professional care these past five years in your …Dear Dr. O’Brien,
I have been the recipeint of some wonderful professional care these past five years in your clinic. I want to express my gratitude to you, to Dr. Kevin and all of the other friendly staff. Many challenges I came with, were successfully resolved. Many thanks to all of you and blessings.
Fr. Tom B.
I wanted to make sure you knew just how grateful I am to you and your office staff! You have …Dr. Kevin
I wanted to make sure you knew just how grateful I am to you and your office staff! You have restored my confidence and faith in Dentistry! Your office was extraordinary in guiding me in the best direction. Thank you just doesn’t seem like enough!
Many, Many, Many Thanks,
Pam is the receptionist for O’Brien Dental, and the first person you meet. This very friendly…Pam is the receptionist for O’Brien Dental, and the first person you meet. This very friendly, very efficient, nice lady, is a real asset to O’Brien Dental. I find all of the technicians to be of the highest caliber, very helpful, kind, and considerate. All of my experiences have been excellent. They are the best! Dr. Jody O’Brien is the type of doctor all of us hope to get when we visit a dental office. Her extraordinary manner with a patient puts you at ease instantly. Her concern for you, and professional ability make for a very happy customer who has been well taken care of. Leaving the dental office I know that I came to the right place. Thank you Dr. Jody, Pam, and technicians.
Thank you so very, very much for taking the time with me yesterday by adjusting that bite pro…Dr Jody,
Thank you so very, very much for taking the time with me yesterday by adjusting that bite problem. For the first time in possibly a year, I am pain free this morning AND drinking my hot tea!! And NO pain! I am so glad you are cautious with treatment, all it was was a bite adjustment! I was thinking I needed a root canal (the pain was so bad), but no…you really know what you are doing! Today after just less than 24 hours, I feel great. Thank you so much! It is great to have such a wonderful dentist willing to take the extra time to really focus on ones dental pain, and fix it! Thank You! Thank You!
I just had write you a note letting you know what a great Dental Hygienist you have in Alliso…I just had write you a note letting you know what a great Dental Hygienist you have in Allison! My 3 year old daughter Ella just had her 1st visit last week and Allison made it a really fun and enjoyable experience for both of us! I cannot say enough about how great Allison was with my daughter and I. Ella is already looking forward to her next visit in March! Thanks so much Allison!
I believe I received the best in class service and care from Dr. Kevin Bril, DDS and his staf…I believe I received the best in class service and care from Dr. Kevin Bril, DDS and his staff at O’Brien Dental Care of Shakopee, MN. At my free implant consultation, I was instantly impressed because Dr. Kevin was already familiar with my dental history. During the consultation, Dr. Kevin provided me with a high level, but comprehensive overview of the implant process and showed me examples of previous implants he’s completed. As a result, my trust that I would receive the best care was immediately confirmed. Throughout the process, Dr. Kevin and his assistants were exceptional at executing the tactical pieces for the process and provided me with outstanding results. Dr. Kevin also went above and beyond by making it a priority that I understood and felt comfortable with what was happening by explaining things every step of the way. O’Brien Dental Care also proves that they only settle for providing the best service in the industry, by using the latest cutting edge technology. In addition, Dr. Kevin and the group at O’Brien Dental Care strive to make all visits as enjoyable as possible for patients. They impressed me time and again with their professional but personal and friendly service. I want to thank Dr. Kevin and O’Brien Dental Care for giving me a great smile and will recommend their services to my friends and family.