TMJ Disorder and BOTOX Treatment
What is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the connecting joint between the lower jaw and the temporal bone of your skull on either side. The major function of the TMJ is to help move the jaw up and down. In doing so, its job is to help you eat and talk. A TMJ disorder can cause several issues related to your jaw and even the muscles of your face.
TMJ Symptoms and Causes
Some of the most common factors that lead to TMJ disorder are misalignment of the teeth or jaw, which can also lead to the jaw joint becoming inflamed. Trauma to the jaw, an irregular shape of the skull, airway issues, and even genetics may sometimes cause TMJ disorder.
TMJ causes a lot of painful symptoms, which include:
- pain in the jaw, face and neck
- headaches and/or migraines
- ringing in the ears
- teeth grinding or clenching (usually during sleep)
TMJ Disorder and Pain Treatment
If you have more than one of the symptoms above, you may be suffering from temporomandibular joint dysfunction. At Hummingbird Dental, our dentists test, diagnose, and treat TMJ disorders because, if left untreated, TMJ can cause eroded jawbones.
At Hummingbird Dental, our dentists treat TMJ with Botox. Botox is a purified form of Clostridium botulinum, botulinum toxin type A, which is designed to relax muscles by inhibiting the release of certain chemicals for some time (usually 4-6 months).
Don’t let TMJ pain affect your lifestyle! Connect with Hummingbird Dental today to learn more about how Botox can help alleviate your TMJ symptoms!
Why Botox for TMJ Pain?
Botox is one of the most widely used cosmetic treatments in the world to treat wrinkles. It helps to make people look younger by smoothing the wrinkles on their skin and has been found to be very useful in treating temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain and disorders.
Temporomandibular joint disorder is a painful condition that can cause overworked jaw and facial muscles to compress, thereby causing pain and inflammation in the jaw joints. Since the pain is in joints, Botox injections are helpful in relieving the tension in surrounding muscles. The main aim of using Botox is to provide relief from pain for an extended period of time.