If you have TMJ, you may have heard that Botox can be effective for treating pain and tension. While it’s commonly known for its cosmetic properties, Botox has helped many of our Auburn, IL patients lead happier lives free from pain. When you visit us, we’ll evaluate your symptoms and come up with a treatment plan that is completely customized for you. If you’d like to learn more about Botox for TMJ or find out whether it’s right for you, contact Renken Dentistry today!
TMJ refers to a set of symptoms associated with the temporomandibular joint. The temporomandibular joint is a small joint that connects the jawbone to the skull at either side of the face, in front of each ear. This joint is what is responsible for the movements of your lower jaw while chewing or talking. Sometimes, this joint can become injured or overworked, which can cause everything from general comfort to debilitating pain. This set of symptoms is collectively referred to as TMJ or TMD. Teeth grinding, chronic jaw clenching or alignment issues can also cause TMJ. Some of the symptoms include:
- Tightness in your jaw
- Pain on the sides of your face
- Migraines and headaches
- Difficulty chewing or speaking
- Locking of the joint, also called “lockjaw”
- Clicking or grating in the jaw while moving it
How Does Botox Help?
Patients are often surprised to learn about the effectiveness of a Botox injection for TMJ. When injected by a trained dental professional, Botox works well to relieve pain, tension, and any associated symptoms. It temporarily paralyzes the overworked muscles around the joint, giving them a chance to rest and heal. As a relatively quick non-surgical procedure, this is a great option for many of our Auburn, IL patients.
Depending on your symptoms, we may also recommend orthodontics or the use of a mouth guard. As a full-service dental office, we offer comprehensive services to help you look and feel your best. Whether you’d like a Botox injection for TMJ, dental fillings, teeth whitening, or a crown, we’re confident you’ll love visiting us. Schedule your appointment today by calling 217-483-7177 or book online.