About TMJ Therapy
A premier practice, MINT dentistry, is proud to provide comprehensive care for your teeth, gums, and jaw. We treat numerous cases of the painful condition TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) each year with a protocol known as TMJ therapy. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the spot where your jaw connects to your skull to allow you to open and close your jaw easily. Sometimes when the joint is injured, it leads to painful symptoms and complications. If you are experiencing jaw pain or hearing noises when you move your jaw, schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified dental professionals to determine if you have TMD. At MINT dentistry in Houston, TX, our team uses advanced technology to diagnose and treat this condition, relieving painful symptoms with TMJ therapy. Our skilled dental professionals look forward to helping relieve your pain with a customized TMJ therapy treatment plan, created to resolve your condition and alleviate your specific symptoms.
TMD may be caused by a single injury to the jaw, chronic teeth grinding (bruxism) and jaw clenching, or misalignment of the teeth (dental malocclusion). Medical conditions that may cause TMD include arthritis or a tumor in the TMJ. In some cases, the cause of TMD is unclear, but if you are 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, as well as 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 before performing a physical examination. Each examination within our well-appointed dental facility includes our staff ensuring your complete and total comfort and peace of mind. We will help you settle into a plush treatment chair and offer you a pair of Beats headphones and a pair of MINT sunglasses. You can relax to the sound of your favorite music or catch a show on our flat-screen television while our dental professionals attend to your needs. During your TMD exam, we will assess the movement of your jaw, look for signs of misalignment, teeth grinding, and jaw clenching, while also feeling your jaw and the surrounding areas for tenderness and inflammation. A MINT doctor may want to take 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 a dental appliance, orthodontics, or dental restorations (crowns, bridges, dentures).
In addition to providing procedures to solve the underlying cause of your TMD, the MINT dentistry team can recommend 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 relaxation techniques. We can also give you exercises to strengthen your jaw muscles, prescriptions to relax your jaw muscles, as well as suggest medications to relieve pain, anxiety, or inflammation. We recommend patients schedule follow-up visits, so the skilled MINT dentistry team can check the progress of your TMJ therapy. If the treatment is not working or not helping you enough, we may consider a different approach.
The MINT Commitment
MINT dentistry is committed to helping each of our patients obtain the dental care they need and deserve. Our patients have the healthiest and happiest smiles in Houston, TX due to our passion for providing extraordinary care. PPO dental insurance coverage for TMD diagnostics and TMJ therapy will vary, so our skilled team will contact your carrier to calculate your out-of-pocket costs. To help make your treatments affordable, MINT dentistry accepts many payment methods and we can help you find low-interest medical financing.
Advanced TMJ Treatment
Pain in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) makes it difficult to chew, speak, and generally enjoy your life. Since there are many possible causes, symptoms, and solutions for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified dental professionals at our premier dental facility in Houston, TX. We will give you a thorough examination before making a diagnosis and discussing treatment options. Contact the team at MINT dentistry to get more information and schedule your appointment.