Many Girard, IL patients are surprised to learn that Botox has medical benefits for pain associated with TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders. TMJ disorders can cause significant pain that can greatly affect one’s quality of life. Botox works by temporarily paralyzing targeted muscles in the jaw to reduce tension and unconscious movements like clenching or grinding. If you’ve tried numerous TMJ treatment options without success, Botox may help. Schedule your appointment today to learn more!
The temporomandibular joint acts as a small hinge on either side of the jaw. It connects the jawbone to the skull and allows movement like chewing and talking. While TMJ disorders aren’t completely understood, there are some known factors associated with TMJ pain, including stress and nighttime teeth grinding. Injury to the jaw or arthritis can also cause pain in the TMJ and nearby muscles. Some common symptoms of TMJ include:
- Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw, or neck
- Pain or difficulty opening your mouth wide
- Clicking or popping noises when you open your mouth or chew
- Difficulty or pain while chewing
- Headaches, neck aches, or earaches
Dentists have specialized training on the musculature of the jaw and mouth, making them uniquely suited to deliver this type of treatment. When injected into the jaw muscles, Botox offers pain relief that lasts an average of 4 – 6 months. In some cases, we may recommend a different or additional course of TMJ treatment. If you’re experiencing pain due to misaligned teeth, orthodontics may be recommended to correct the problem. We may also suggest a nightguard if you experience nighttime jaw clenching or teeth grinding. Your dentist will give you a thorough exam and discuss the best treatment options for you. We’re proud to be able to offer effective pain relief solutions for our Girard, IL patients! If you’d like to learn more about Botox for TMJ, contact our office at 217-483-7177 or schedule your appointment online.