About TMJ Therapy
As a full-service practice, MINT dentistry is able to provide an expansive menu of procedures to treat your teeth, gums, and jaw. We treat patients in Conroe, TX who suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) each year through TMJ therapy. TMJ (the temporomandibular joint) is the spot where your jaw connects to your skull to allow you to use your mouth for speaking, eating, and more. When the TMJ has been damaged, it can cause painful symptoms and complications. If you're feeling pain in your jaw or hearing a clicking noise when you open your mouth, schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified dental professionals to diagnose your TMD. At MINT dentistry in Conroe, TX, we use advanced technology to diagnose and treat TMD, relieving painful symptoms with TMJ therapy. After diagnosis, your dental team will help you with a unique treatment plan designed to resolve your condition and alleviate your symptoms.
Best Candidates for TMJ Therapy
Jaw pain from TMD might be the result of an accident or trauma to your jaw, chronic teeth grinding (bruxism) and jaw clenching, or misalignment of the teeth (dental malocclusion). There are also several medical conditions that can cause TMD, including a growth (tumor) in the jaw joint or arthritis. In some cases, the cause of TMD is unclear, but if you are bothered by 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 tenderness or pain along your jawline, spasms in your facial muscles, or if your jaw is feeling stuck or stiff. You may also experience chronic headaches, as well as hearing clicks, cracks, or pops when your jaw opens or closes.
What to Expect with TMJ Therapy
Your diagnosis of TMD will begin as a board-certified MINT dentist listens to your concerns about your jaw, 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 we perform your exam, you can listen to music or watch a television show. To diagnose TMD, your dentist will check how your jaw moves, visible signs of dental malocclusion, teeth grinding, and jaw clenching, as well as feeling your jaw and the surrounding areas for tenderness and inflammation. Your dentist may want to take a full-mouth series of digital x-rays and a bite analysis to look for underlying causes that may determine your treatment method. After your exam and diagnosis, your dentist will go over suggestions for your treatment, which may include orthodontics, a night guard, or dental restorations (crowns, bridges, dentures).
TMJ Therapy Treatment Aftercare
In addition to providing procedures to solve your TMD, our team can recommend other ideas to help you alleviate your symptoms. 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. We can also teach you jaw-strengthening exercises, write a prescription for muscle relaxers, plus suggest medicine to relieve anxiety, inflammation, or pain. You should schedule follow-up visits as recommended so your team can monitor the effectiveness of your TMJ therapy. If the treatment is not working or not helping you enough, your dentist can adjust your therapy plan.
The MINT Commitment
We are committed to helping each of our patients get the treatment they need and deserve. Our patients get to show off the brightest, healthiest smiles in Conroe, TX because we are passionate about providing comprehensive and compassionate oral care. PPO dental insurance coverage for diagnostic tests and treatments will vary so we will speak to your insurance to calculate your out-of-pocket costs. In order for you to get the help you need for your TMD, our office accepts most payment methods, plus, we can help you find low-interest financing.
Advanced TMJ Treatment
When your jaw is stiff or you have pain in your TMJ (temporomandibular joint), it makes it difficult to speak, chew, or enjoy everyday activities. To identify the causes and get advanced care for TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder), contact us to schedule an appointment with a board-certified dentist at our premier practice in Conroe, TX. After a comprehensive oral exam, we can offer a diagnosis and explain the best treatment options to alleviate your symptoms. Contact the team at MINT dentistry if you want to schedule a consultation or get more information.