TMJ/TMD Treatment in Wyomissing

What is

TMJ/TMD Treatment?

TMJ/TMD Treatment is a specialized form of dental care aimed at addressing issues related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the associated disorders (TMD). This joint connects your jawbone to your skull and is integral to everyday activities like talking, eating, and yawning. When there's a problem with the TMJ, it can result in a range of symptoms, including jaw pain, headaches, earaches, and difficulty moving the jaw. TMJ/TMD treatment, offered by skilled professionals like Dr. Molly Hottenstein of Molly Hottenstein Orthodontics in Wyomissing, involves a variety of techniques and therapies designed to alleviate these symptoms, improve jaw function, and enhance overall oral health.

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The TMJ/TMD

Treatment Process

TMJ/TMD treatment typically involves a multi-step process, customized to the patient’s specific needs and symptoms. It begins with a comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis, followed by the development and implementation of a personalized treatment plan.

Comprehensive Evaluation
The first step in the TMJ/TMD treatment process is a comprehensive evaluation. During this stage, Dr. Hottenstein will conduct a thorough examination of your oral health, focusing on your jaw and the surrounding areas. This may involve a physical examination, a review of your medical history, and the use of advanced diagnostic tools like X-rays or MRI scans. The goal is to identify any abnormalities or issues with the TMJ that could be causing your symptoms.

Diagnosis
Following the comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Hottenstein will be able to make an accurate diagnosis. This involves determining whether you have a TMJ disorder, and if so, identifying the specific type and severity. The diagnosis is crucial as it informs the subsequent treatment plan, ensuring it is tailored to your unique needs and circumstances.

Personalized Treatment Plan
Once a diagnosis has been made, Dr. Hottenstein will develop a personalized treatment plan. This plan will be designed to address your specific symptoms and improve the function of your TMJ. It may involve a range of treatments, from conservative, non-invasive therapies to more advanced procedures.

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The Benefits Of

TMJ/TMD Treatment

TMJ/TMD treatment offers several benefits, not only in terms of alleviating symptoms but also in improving overall oral health and quality of life.

Pain Relief
One of the main benefits of TMJ/TMD treatment is pain relief. TMJ disorders can cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms, from jaw pain and headaches to earaches and facial discomfort. By addressing the underlying issues with the TMJ, Dr. Hottenstein's treatment can help to alleviate these symptoms, providing much-needed relief.

Improved Jaw Function
Another significant benefit of TMJ/TMD treatment is improved jaw function. TMJ disorders can make it difficult to open and close your jaw, which can impact everyday activities like talking and eating. Through her personalized treatment plans, Dr. Hottenstein can help to improve the function of your TMJ, making these activities easier and more comfortable.

Prevention of Further Issues
Finally, TMJ/TMD treatment can help to prevent further oral health issues. If left untreated, TMJ disorders can lead to other problems, such as teeth grinding, tooth damage, and even changes in facial appearance. By treating the TMJ disorder, Dr. Hottenstein can help to prevent these additional issues, protecting your overall oral health.

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is enameloplasty covered by insurance?

Whether or not enameloplasty will be covered by your insurance depends on your specific dental plan and the reason you are seeking the treatment. If the enameloplasty is being performed specifically for cosmetic reasons then this is unlikely to be covered by insurance. 

However, your insurance may cover costs if it is being used to repair the tooth as a result of damage that occurred in an accident. At Molly Hottenstein Orthodontics, we accept most insurance benefits and participate directly with some of the biggest insurance providers.

While enameloplasty will not always be covered by dental insurance because it is considered a cosmetic procedure, it is a much more cost-effective treatment to restore the appearance of the teeth in comparison to veneers. Veneers also have to be continually replaced whereas enameloplasty is a permanent procedure.

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