About TMJ Therapy
A premier practice, MINT dentistry is proud to offer comprehensive care for your teeth, gums, and jaw. We treat patients with the painful condition TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) through TMJ therapy. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to your skull and allows you to open and close your jaw easily. When the TMJ is injured, it can cause pain, as well as other symptoms and complications. If you are experiencing jaw pain 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 MINT dentistry in Lake Worth, TX, our team uses advanced technology to diagnose and treat TMD, relieving painful symptoms with TMJ therapy. After diagnosis, our dental team will help you with a personalized plan to treat your TMD, created to resolve your condition and address your concerns.
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) might be the result of a single injury to the jaw, years of clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth (bruxism), or misalignment of the teeth (dental malocclusion). TMD may also be caused by a medical condition, like 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 bothered by symptoms, MINT dentistry can still diagnose and treat your jaw. Some of the problems you may notice if you have TMD are pain or tenderness in your jaw, lower facial muscle spasms, or if your jaw is feeling stuck or stiff. Some other symptoms associated with TMD are headaches, as well as noises like clicking or popping when your jaw opens or closes.
What to Expect
To help diagnose TMD, a MINT dentistry professional will carefully listen to your concerns and symptoms, then perform a physical exam of your jaw. Your consultation and exam at our state-of-the-art practice include our staff ensuring your complete and total comfort and peace of mind. We will help you settle into a plush treatment chair and let you wear MINT sunglasses to protect your eyes and a set of Beats headphones. While our 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 assess the movement of your jaw, visible signs of misalignment and bruxism (teeth grinding and jaw clenching) while also palpate your lower face and neck to feel if there are any tenderness and inflammation. We might need a bite analysis or full-mouth series of digital x-rays to understand the cause of your TMD, which will help us customize your treatment plan. After your exam and diagnosis, we will go over our recommended treatment options, which is usually orthodontics, a night guard, or a restoration, like a bridge or crown.
In addition to providing procedures to solve your TMD, your dentist can recommend other ways to be used at home when you have symptom flare-ups. This may include avoiding hard foods and gum, 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, prescriptions to relax your jaw muscles, plus suggest medicine to relieve anxiety, chronic pain, or swelling. You should schedule follow-up visits as recommended so our team can assess 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 patients in Lake Worth, TX obtain the treatment they require to improve their oral health. Patients of MINT dentistry have the healthiest and happiest smiles in Lake Worth, TX due to our passion for providing extraordinary care. PPO dental insurance coverage for TMD diagnostics and TMJ therapy will vary so our front office will contact your carrier to calculate your remaining costs. In order for you to get the help you need for your TMD, MINT dentistry accepts many payment methods, plus, we can help you find special medical financing with low-interest.
Advanced TMJ Treatment
Pain in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) makes it hard to speak, chew, or feel comfortable. To get a diagnosis and custom treatment plan for TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder), schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified dental professionals at our modern practice in Lake Worth, TX. After a comprehensive oral exam, we can offer a diagnosis and determine which treatments are best to address your TMD. Contact us to get more information and schedule your appointment.