About TMJ Therapy
A premier practice, MINT dentistry is proud to offer comprehensive care for your teeth, gums, and jaw. We treat patients in Humble, TX who suffer from the painful condition temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) with a protocol known as TMJ therapy. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to your skull and allows you to move your mouth. Sometimes when the joint has been damaged, it can cause oral health problems, pain, and other symptoms. If you're feeling pain in your jaw or hearing noises when you move your jaw, contact our office to schedule an exam so a board-certified MINT doctor can diagnose your TMD. At our office in Humble, TX, our team uses advanced technology to diagnose and treat TMD with TMJ therapy to relieve pain and other symptoms. Our skilled dental professionals look forward to helping relieve your pain with a customized treatment plan, created to alleviate your symptoms.
TMD might be the result of a serious jaw injury, years of clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth (bruxism), or misalignment of the teeth (dental malocclusion). Medical conditions that may cause TMD include a growth (tumor) in the jaw joint or arthritis. In some cases, the cause of TMD is unclear; however, if you're noticing symptoms, your dentist will still be able to treat your jaw with TMJ therapy. You may be a candidate for TMJ therapy at MINT dentistry if you are experiencing jaw pain or tenderness, muscle spasms in your lower face, or feeling like your jaw is stiff or stuck. Other symptoms that may suggest the need for TMJ therapy are frequent headaches, plus hearing clicks, cracks, or pops when your jaw opens or closes.
What to Expect
In order to diagnose you with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), a MINT dentistry professional will carefully listen to your concerns about your jaw before performing a physical examination. Each examination within our well-appointed dental facility will be comfortable and relaxing as our experienced team takes great care of you. 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. During your TMD exam, your dentist will evaluate your jaw movement, look for signs of dental malocclusion and bruxism (teeth grinding and jaw clenching), as well as palpate your lower face and neck to feel for any tenderness and inflammation. A MINT doctor may want to take a bite analysis or full-mouth series of digital x-rays to look for underlying causes that may determine your treatment method. Once your exam is complete and you've been diagnosed with TMD, we will explain your recommended TMJ therapy, which is usually a dental appliance, orthodontics, or dental restorations (crowns, bridges, dentures).
After diagnosing the underlying cause of your TMD, your dentist can recommend other ideas to help you alleviate your symptoms. This may include eating softer foods, avoiding chewing gum and biting your nails, hot or cold therapy to reduce jaw inflammation, and techniques to help you relax. Our team can also teach you exercises to strengthen your jaw muscles, write a prescription for muscle relaxers, plus suggest medicine to alleviate pain, anxiety, or inflammation. We recommend patients schedule follow-up visits so your team can monitor the progress of your TMJ therapy. If you aren't getting the results you want, we may consider a different approach.
The MINT Commitment
We are committed to helping each of our patients obtain the dental care they require. Patients of MINT dentistry have the healthiest and happiest smiles in Humble, TX due to our passion for providing extraordinary care. The coverage of your PPO dental insurance for TMD diagnostics and TMJ therapy will vary so our front office will reach out to your insurance provider to figure out your out-of-pocket costs. In order for you to get the help you need for your TMD, our office accepts most payment methods and 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 get a diagnosis and custom treatment plan for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), schedule a consultation with a board-certified dentist at our state-of-the-art practice in Humble, TX. We will give you a thorough examination before making a diagnosis and determine which treatments are best to address your TMD. Contact the team at MINT dentistry to schedule an appointment for your exam and consultation.