What is TMJ and how is it treated?
The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. When this joint is injured or damaged, it can lead to a localized pain disorder called temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. Common symptoms of Temporomandibular joint dysfunction disorders include: Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak or open your mouth wide. Sufferers also have limited ability to open the mouth very wide. There are many different treatment options available to correct this syndrome.
TMJ syndrome often responds to home remedies, including ice packs to the joint, over-the-counter non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), avoiding chewing gum, massage or gentle stretches of the jaw and neck, and stress reduction.Sometimes medical treatment is necessary and includes dental splints, Botox injections, physical therapy, prescription medications, and in severe cases, surgery.
Botox injections can be used as an alternative treatment for TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) disorders and associated jaw tension and pain. When injected into facial muscles afflicted with soreness, BOTOX can relieve TMJ and jaw tension for many patients. The injections often eliminate headaches resulting from teeth grinding, and, in cases of severe stress, BOTOX can even minimize lock jaw. Although BOTOX treatment for these conditions is presently experimental; evidence indicates that it can be extremely effective. BOTOX relieves jaw tension by making muscles unable to engage in the powerful, often unconscious movement of the jaw that produces headaches and pain.
Are you ready to try Botox to treat your painful TMJ symptons? Call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation and we can help you manage your uncomfortable pain related to TMJ.