TMJ Therapy in Friendswood, TX


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About TMJ Therapy

MINT dentistry, a state-of-the-art practice, is proud to offer an expansive menu of procedures to treat your whole mouth. With a team of dental professionals, MINT dentistry treats numerous cases of the painful condition TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) using TMJ therapy. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to your skull and allows you to open and close your jaw easily. Sometimes when the joint is damaged, it leads to painful symptoms and complications. If you're feeling pain in your jaw or hearing a clicking noise when you open your mouth, contact our office to schedule an exam so a board-certified MINT doctor can determine if you have TMD. At MINT dentistry in Friendswood, TX, our team uses advanced diagnostic equipment to identify and treat TMD, relieving painful symptoms with TMJ therapy. We can help manage or reduce your pain with a unique treatment plan designed to alleviate your symptoms.

Best Candidates for TMJ Therapy

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) might be the result of an accident or trauma to your jaw, years of clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth (bruxism), or dental malocclusion (misaligned teeth). Medical conditions that may cause TMD include arthritis or a tumor in the TMJ. For some patients, the underlying cause of their TMD may be unknown, but if you are bothered by symptoms, you may still be diagnosed and treated for TMD. You may be a candidate for TMJ therapy at MINT dentistry if you are experiencing pain or tenderness in your jaw, lower facial muscle spasms, or if your jaw is feeling stuck or stiff. Other symptoms that may suggest the need for TMJ therapy are frequent 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 symptoms and concerns before performing a physical examination. Your consultation and exam at our state-of-the-art practice 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 we perform your exam, you can listen to music or watch a television show. To diagnose TMD, your dentist will evaluate your jaw movement, look for signs of dental malocclusion, teeth grinding, and jaw clenching while also feeling your jaw and the surrounding areas for tenderness and inflammation. A MINT doctor 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 explain your recommended TMJ therapy, which could be a dental appliance, orthodontics, or dental restorations (crowns, bridges, dentures).

TMJ Therapy Treatment Aftercare

Once we have identified your TMD, the MINT dentistry team can suggest other ideas to help you alleviate your symptoms. This may include avoiding hard foods and gum, hot compresses for your face, and relaxation techniques. Our team can also give you exercises to strengthen your jaw muscles, write a prescription for muscle relaxers, as well as suggest medications to reduce pain, anxiety, or inflammation. We recommend patients schedule follow-up visits so the skilled MINT dentistry team can check the effectiveness of your treatment. If you aren't getting the results you want, your dentist can discuss other treatment options.

The MINT Commitment

We are committed to helping patients in Friendswood, TX get the dental care they need and deserve. Patients of MINT dentistry get to show off the brightest, healthiest smiles in Friendswood, 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 diagnostic tests and treatments will vary so our skilled team will speak to your insurance to determine your personal costs. To help make your treatments affordable, MINT dentistry accepts most payment methods and we can give you information on special medical financing with low-interest.

Advanced TMJ Treatment

If your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is causing you pain, it makes it difficult to speak, chew, and generally enjoy your life. 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 state-of-the-art practice in Friendswood, TX. After a comprehensive oral exam, we can offer a diagnosis and determine which treatments are best to address your TMD. Contact our MINT dentistry team to get more information and schedule your appointment.

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