The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the spot where your jaw connects to your skull to allow you to open and close your jaw easily. Sometimes the joint is injured or damaged, leading to a painful condition called temporomandibular joint dysfunction or disorder (TMD). If you are experiencing pain or hearing noises when you move your jaw, schedule a consultation with dentist Dr. Kathy Jacobsen to establish if you have TMD. At her practice, Contemporary Dentistry in Gilbert, AZ, Dr. Jacobsen uses advanced equipment to diagnose and treat your TMD to relieve painful symptoms. Your treatment will depend on the cause of your TMD and your specific condition, but some options include an oral appliance (mouth or night guard), bite adjustment, dental restorations, and more.
"Awesome visit X10! The entire staff is wonderful and friendly. Thank you all for making this so easy and painless!!!"- A.B. / Google / Jan 10, 2020
"Was very impressed with their attention to making everyone feel safe before entering! Taking temperatures through the car window n asking questions regarding exposure to Covid! Then taking you directly to the exam room no waiting in the lobby! Felt really Safe! So excited that even though we had a lot of work ahead she made sure inbetween I had nice looking temporary teeth ! Her team is very efficient and caring! Also love the calm feeling in their office!"- M.H. / Google / Oct 02, 2020
"My wife recommended me here as she is a current patient. Hmi had a chipped tooth and they took care of it fast and pain free. All the staff were super friendly and made an otherwise frightful experience into a wonderful one. Im already scheduled to go back and I'd recommend them to anyone"- C.S. / Google / Sep 30, 2020
"Always a great time. Love all of the people working there! We drive 30 minutes to go to this place. Well worth it."- B.J. / Google / Sep 30, 2020
"We recently moved to the area & I found Contemporary Dentistry via Yelp. I’m so glad I made the appointment!The staff and Dr. Jacobsen were so personable, thorough and caring. I expressed concern about the cold water that dentists shoot into your mouth while cleaning & how my teeth are really sensitive to the cold water. Well...they offered room temperature water! That’s a first and it totally changed the experience. I no longer dread the bi-annual cleanings!As a newbie to the Gilbert area, I highly recommend Dr. Jacobsen and her team. From the care to the reasonable prices, you’ll be relieved and grateful to make Contemporary Dentistry your own."- V.M. / Yelp / Sep 25, 2020
Best Candidates for TMJ Therapy
TMD may be caused by a single injury to the jaw, chronic teeth grinding (bruxism) and jaw clenching, or misalignment of the teeth (dental malocclusion). Medical conditions that may cause TMD include arthritis or a tumor in the TMJ. In some cases, the cause of TMD is unclear, but if you are experiencing symptoms, Dr. Jacobsen can still diagnose and treat your jaw. Some of the most common symptoms of TMD are pain or tenderness in the temporomandibular joint, spasms in your facial muscles, feeling like your jaw is stiff or stuck, and headaches that start in front of your ears. Another symptom that you can hear is clicking, cracking, or popping whenever you move your jaw.
What To Expect from TMJ Therapy
To help diagnose TMD, Dr. Jacobsen will carefully listen to your concerns and symptoms before performing a physical examination. During the exam, she will assess the movement of your jaw, look for signs of misalignment, teeth grinding, and jaw clenching, and feel the jaw and surrounding area for tenderness and inflammation. Dr. Jacobsen may want to have digital x-rays of your lower face or a bite analysis to look for underlying causes that may determine your treatment method. Based on the exam, she will go over your treatment options that may include a dental appliance, orthodontics, or dental restorations (crowns, bridges, dentures).
Follow-Up for TMJ Therapy
In addition to procedures to solve the underlying cause of your TMD, Dr. Jacobsen can recommend other ways to relieve pain and other symptoms at home. This includes eating softer foods, avoiding chewing gum and biting your nails, heat packs on your jaw, and relaxation techniques. Dr. Jacobsen can also give you exercises to strengthen your jaw muscles, plus prescriptions to relax your jaw muscles, as well as medications to relieve pain, anxiety, or inflammation.
Continue to schedule follow-up visits so Dr. Jacobsen can check the progress of your TMJ therapy. If the treatment is not working or not helping you enough, she may consider a different approach. Once your TMD is treated, you should continue to schedule annual dental exams at Contemporary Dentistry to keep your mouth healthy.
Insurance Coverage for TMJ Therapy
Dental insurance coverage for TMJ pain diagnosis and TMD treatments will vary, so we will contact your carrier to calculate your out-of-pocket costs. Whether you have dental insurance or not, Dr. Jacobsen will go over cost estimates when discussing treatment options. To help make all treatments affordable, our office accepts many payment methods and we can help you find low-interest medical financing through our Smiles Club memberships.
Plan Your Procedure
Advanced TMD Treatments
Pain in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) makes it difficult to chew, speak, and generally enjoy your life. Since there are many possible causes, symptoms, and solutions for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), schedule a consultation with Dr. Kathy Jacobsen at her office in Gilbert, AZ. She will give you a thorough examination before making a diagnosis and discussing treatment options. Contact the team at Contemporary Dentistry to get more information and schedule your appointment.