TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain can be chronic and debilitating, but Botox may offer relief! When injected into the muscles near the joint, Botox can relieve muscle tension, headaches, and unconscious teeth grinding or clenching. Botox for TMJ is a quick, nonsurgical outpatient procedure done here at our office. Most of our Spaulding, IL patients can return to their normal routine the same day. If you’ve tried different treatments without relief, contact us today to find out if a Botox injection for TMJ is right for you!
It’s estimated that more than 10 million people in the United States suffer from TMJ conditions. The TMJ is a ball and socket joint located on both sides of the head, where the jawbone meets the skull. When this joint becomes displaced, damaged, or overworked, it can lead to painful symptoms, including:
- Pain or soreness around the jaw, head, neck, shoulders, or face
- Clicking, grating or popping sensations when you open or close your jaw
- Swelling in the jaw or face
- Ringing in the ears or ear pain
- Difficulty or pain while chewing
Botox has been used for many years to address medical conditions related to muscle pain. We use Botox for TMJ symptoms, bruxism (teeth grinding), and jaw clenching. It can also be very effective in reducing other types of facial pain, migraines, or muscle spasms. The injections are relatively painless (many patients say it feels like a pinprick), and the results typically last 4-6 months.
If you grind your teeth or clench your jaw at night, we may also recommend a custom mouth guard to protect your teeth and reduce the strain on your jaw muscles. We also offer orthodontic treatment options for patients whose symptoms are caused by misaligned teeth or bite issues.
At Renken Dentistry, we’re committed to improving the lives of our Spaulding, IL patients. If you’re suffering from TMJ, we can find a treatment option that works for you! All our patients deserve to live their life unhindered and without pain. If you’re experiencing TMJ symptoms, give us a call today at 217-483-7177 to schedule your appointment!