About TMJ Therapy
An exemplary modern practice, MINT dentistry is proud to provide an expansive menu of procedures to treat your teeth, gums, and jaw. Our board-certified doctors treat patients in Grand Prairie, TX who suffer from the painful condition TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) each year through TMJ therapy. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) 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 is injured, it leads to oral health problems, pain, and other symptoms. If you notice symptoms like 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 Grand Prairie, TX, our team uses advanced technology to diagnose and treat TMD, relieving painful symptoms with TMJ therapy. After diagnosis, your dental team will help you with a unique plan to treat your TMD, created to alleviate your symptoms.
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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 misalignment of the teeth (dental malocclusion). There are also several medical conditions that can cause TMD, including arthritis or a tumor in the TMJ. In some cases, the cause of TMD is unclear, but if you are 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, as well as hearing clicks, cracks, or pops when your jaw opens or closes.
What to Expect
Your diagnosis of TMD will begin as your team of MINT dental professionals asks about your symptoms and concerns before performing a physical examination. 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. 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 catch up on great shows or listen to music you choose while we perform your exam. During your TMD exam, we will evaluate your jaw movement, look for signs of misalignment, teeth grinding, and jaw clenching, while also 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 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 a dental appliance, orthodontics, or dental restorations (crowns, bridges, dentures).
Once we have identified your TMD, your dentist can recommend 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 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 alleviate anxiety, chronic pain, or swelling. It's important to attend your recommended follow-up appointments, so our dentists can monitor the progress of your TMJ therapy. If you still have pain or other symptoms, we can adjust your therapy plan.
The MINT Commitment
At MINT dentistry, we are dedicated to helping each of our patients obtain the dental care they require. Our patients smile with the sexiest teeth in Grand Prairie, 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 TMD diagnostics and TMJ therapy will vary, so our front office will speak to your insurance to figure out your personal costs. To help make your treatments affordable, our office accepts many payment methods and we can talk to you about where to apply for special medical financing with low-interest.
Advanced TMJ Treatment
If your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is causing you pain, it makes it difficult to chew, speak, or feel comfortable. To identify the causes and get advanced care for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), schedule a consultation with our team of experienced, board-certified dentists at our state-of-the-art office in Grand Prairie, TX. We will give you a thorough examination before making 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.