About TMJ Therapy
MINT dentistry, a state-of-the-art practice, is able to offer an expansive menu of procedures to treat your whole mouth. MINT dentistry treats patients in Richardson, TX who suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) through TMJ therapy. TMJ (the temporomandibular joint) is the hinge connecting your jaw to the rest of your skull, which allows you use your mouth for speaking, eating, and more. When the TMJ has been damaged, it can cause oral health problems, pain, and other symptoms. If you notice symptoms like 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 Richardson, TX, we use advanced diagnostic equipment to identify and treat TMD with TMJ therapy to relieve pain and other symptoms. After diagnosis, your dental team will help you with a unique plan to treat your TMD, designed to address your concerns.
Best Candidates for TMJ Therapy
Jaw pain from TMD could be caused by an accident or trauma to your jaw, years of clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth (bruxism), or dental malocclusion (misaligned teeth). There are also several medical conditions that can cause TMD, including 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 noticing symptoms, your dentist will still be able to treat your jaw with TMJ therapy. Some of the problems you may notice if you have TMD are tenderness or pain along your jawline, muscle spasms in your lower face, or if your jaw is feeling stuck or stiff. Some other symptoms associated with TMD are chronic headaches, plus hearing clicks, cracks, or pops when your jaw opens or closes.
What to Expect with TMJ Therapy
Your diagnosis of TMD will begin as your team of MINT dental professionals asks about your symptoms and concerns, then performs a physical exam of your jaw. Your consultation and exam at our state-of-the-art practice includes many thoughtful touches and amenities to make sure you feel comfortable and safe. 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 we perform your exam, you can listen to music or watch a television show. To diagnose TMD, your dentist will evaluate your jaw movement, 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. Your dentist might need a full-mouth series of digital x-rays and a bite analysis to find the underlying cause of your TMD so we can decide on the best method for treatment. Once your exam is complete and you've been diagnosed with TMD, we will explain your recommended TMJ therapy, which is usually orthodontics, a night guard, or a restoration like a bridge or crown.
TMJ Therapy Treatment Aftercare
Once we have identified your TMD, your dentist can suggest other ideas to be used at home when you have symptom flare-ups. This may include a soft foods diet, not biting your nails or hard objects, avoiding gum, hot or cold therapy to reduce jaw inflammation, 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 alleviate anxiety, chronic pain, or swelling. It's important to attend your recommended follow-up appointments, so our dentists can monitor the effectiveness of your treatment. If you still have pain or other symptoms, your dentist can adjust your therapy plan.
The MINT Commitment
At MINT dentistry, we are dedicated to helping patients in Richardson, TX get the treatment they need. Patients of MINT dentistry smile with the sexiest teeth in Richardson, TX since we are focused on providing advanced treatments to keep your teeth, gums, and jaw in optimal condition. How much your PPO insurance policy covers for diagnostic tests and treatments will vary, so our front office will speak to your insurance to figure out your personal costs. In order for you to get the help your need for your TMD, our office accepts most payment methods plus we can talk to you about where to apply for financing with low-interest rates for medical care.
Advanced TMJ Treatment
When your jaw is stiff or you have pain in your TMJ (temporomandibular joint), it makes it hard to speak, chew, or feel comfortable. To identify the causes and get advanced care for TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder), contact us to schedule an appointment with our team of experienced, board-certified dentists at our state-of-the-art office in Richardson, TX. After a comprehensive oral exam, we can offer a diagnosis and determine which treatments are best to address your TMD. Contact our MINT dentistry team to schedule an appointment for your exam and consultation.