About TMJ Therapy
As a full-service practice, MINT dentistry is able to offer comprehensive care for your whole mouth. MINT dentistry's experienced team treats numerous cases of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) with a protocol known as TMJ therapy. TMJ (the temporomandibular joint) is the spot where your jaw connects to your skull to allow you to open and close your jaw easily. Sometimes when the joint has been damaged, it can cause painful symptoms and complications. If you are experiencing jaw pain or hearing a clicking noise when you open your mouth, contact our office to schedule an exam so a board-certified MINT doctor can diagnose your TMD. At our office in North Richland Hills, TX, we use advanced diagnostic equipment to identify and treat this condition with TMJ therapy to relieve pain and other symptoms. Our skilled dental professionals look forward to helping relieve your pain with a customized TMJ therapy treatment plan, designed to resolve your condition and address your specific concerns.
TMD may be caused by a single injury to the jaw, chronic teeth grinding (bruxism) and jaw clenching, or dental malocclusion (misaligned teeth). Medical conditions that may cause TMD include a growth (tumor) in the jaw joint or arthritis. For some patients, the underlying cause of their TMD may be unknown; however, if you're experiencing symptoms, MINT dentistry can still diagnose and treat your jaw. You may be a candidate for TMJ therapy at MINT dentistry if you are experiencing pain or tenderness in your jaw, spasms in your facial muscles, or if your jaw is stiff or stuck. Other symptoms that may suggest the need for TMJ therapy are headaches, plus clicking, cracking, or popping whenever you move your jaw.
What to Expect
To help diagnose TMD, a MINT dentistry professional will carefully listen to your concerns and symptoms, then performs a physical exam of your jaw. Each examination within our well-appointed dental facility includes our staff ensuring your complete and total comfort and peace of mind. Once you sit back in a massaging treatment chair, we'll let you wear MINT sunglasses to protect your eyes and a set of Beats headphones. While your dental team examines your mouth and jaw, you can choose to watch a show or listen to your choice of music. To diagnose TMD, your dentist will assess the movement of your jaw, visible signs of dental malocclusion and bruxism (teeth grinding and jaw clenching), as well as palpate your lower face and neck to feel if there is any swelling or tenderness. A MINT doctor might need digital x-rays of your lower face or get a bite analysis to look for underlying causes that may determine your treatment method. Based on the exam, we will go over our recommended treatment options, which may include orthodontics, a night guard, or a restoration like a bridge or crown.
In addition to providing procedures to solve the underlying cause of your TMD, the MINT dentistry team can suggest other ways to relieve pain and other symptoms at home. This may include eating softer foods, avoiding chewing gum and biting your nails, heat packs on your jaw, and techniques to help you relax. Our team can also teach you jaw-strengthening exercises, write a prescription for muscle relaxers, plus suggest medicine to relieve pain, anxiety, or inflammation. We recommend patients schedule follow-up visits, so the skilled MINT dentistry team can check the effectiveness of your treatment. If the treatment is not working or not helping you enough, your dentist may consider a different approach.
The MINT Commitment
MINT dentistry is committed to helping patients in North Richland Hills, TX get the treatment they require to improve their oral health. Patients of MINT dentistry have the healthiest and happiest smiles in North Richland Hills, TX due to our passion for providing extraordinary care. PPO dental insurance coverage for diagnostic tests and treatments will vary, so our skilled team will contact your carrier to calculate your out-of-pocket costs. In order for you to get the help your need for your TMD, MINT dentistry accepts most payment methods plus we can help you find medical financing.
Advanced TMJ Treatment
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can become stiff or painful, making it hard to speak, chew, and generally enjoy your life. Since there are many possible causes, symptoms, and solutions for TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder), contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified dental professionals at our premier dental facility in North Richland Hills, TX. After a comprehensive oral exam, we can offer a diagnosis and discussing treatment options. Contact the team at MINT dentistry to get more information and schedule your appointment.