Your TMJ, also known as the temporomandibular joint, is susceptible to tensing up due to stress. This can result in pain, swelling, and headaches. If this is an issue you are dealing with, East Quarter Dental can help you! Did you know Botox can treat TMJ disorders in addition to providing cosmetic services? It can significantly decrease any pain you may be feeling and increase your mobility. The muscles of your face will be relaxed, so the intensity and frequency of your headaches will decrease, you will experience better sleep, and your teeth will be protected.
So what causes TMJ disorder? There are many culprits, the most common of which is an imbalance in the relationship between your skull and jaw bone, the muscles that move your jaw, and your nervous system. This imbalance can result in muscle weakness and fatigue, muscle spasms, dysfunction of the joint, and changes in teeth.
Some symptoms that Botox can treat include:
- Swelling, especially on the side of your face
- A headache that is concentrated in your temples or the back of your head
- Pain around your ear
- Inability to open your mouth widely due to locking of the joint
- Tenderness in your jaw
- Pain or discomfort in your shoulders, neck, or face when speaking or chewing
- Popping or clicking sounds when opening or closing your mouth
Botox can relieve tension in the jaw by disabling muscles that cause vigorous movements, one of the most common causes of pain and headaches. It is a quick and non-surgical treatment that is popular with patients. The entire procedure can be completed in our office! An improvement in TMJ symptoms will be noticed within the first couple of days following treatment, while total relief may take up to a week.
Dr. Barron will review your medical history when deciding whether or not Botox is the proper treatment for your specific TMJ disorder. It is essential to provide her with details regarding any medications or substances you have or are currently taking, as they may have an adverse reaction to Botox. Once you have been cleared for treatment, a treatment plan will be implemented.
Botox can restore your ability to chew, swallow, and talk without discomfort. It can also protect the health of your teeth by helping you avoid clenching and grinding while you sleep. Both of these issues can result in expensive dental treatment, so the best option is to deal with the root of the problem with Botox! We would love to provide you with more information on how Botox can effectively treat any TMJ disorder you may be dealing with and add comfort to your life. If stress and pain in your face or neck are common issues for you, give us a call at (469) 943-1400! Click here to learn how you can overcome dental anxiety.