Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins offer Botox® as a non-surgical treatment option to help you manage pain from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). In many cases, muscle tension in your jaw causes bruxism (tooth grinding), and puts pressure on your jaw joint, leading to TMJ. You can also develop muscle tension as a result of TMJ, leading to other related symptoms, including headaches, stiffness in neck and shoulder muscles, and radiating facial pain. Non-surgical TMJ treatment with BOTOX® can help you manage your symptoms.
If you suffer from TMJ and would like to learn more about how Botox® for TMJ can help relieve your pain, please call our Spokane Valley office at 509-927-2273 or contact us online.
Tension in your face muscles pulls on your jaw and fatiguing your jaw joint, causing TMJ to develop. TMJ also creates tension in your face, neck, and shoulders, which creates other uncomfortable or disruptive symptoms. The FDA-approved botulinum toxin serum targets and relaxes these muscles in order to alleviate symptoms such as:
Jaw pain and mobility— Tense jaw muscles can pull on your jaw when you open and close your mouth, fatiguing the joint. Botox® will allow your jaw to move more freely in order to help you manage your pain.
Headaches— Tension in your face and neck muscles puts pressure on your trigeminal nerve, causing you frequent migraine-like headaches. By encouraging relaxation in these specific areas, Botox® reduces the number of TMJ-related headaches you experience.
Neck and shoulder tension— When your neck and shoulder muscles are pulled tight by your jaw, you can develop spine alignment problems. Tension in your neck also increases headache symptoms. Using Botox® for TMJ to treat your pain at the source can protect your spine health and prevent migraines.
Tingling extremities—Pressure from your tense neck and shoulders can pinch the nerves that run to your hands and feet, causing numbness. Relaxing tight facial muscles will help your neck and shoulders release their vice grip on these nerves and restore the feeling to your extremities.
Tinnitus—Your eardrum sits right behind your jaw joint. When TMJ causes the overlying muscles to become wound like a rubber band, they put pressure on your inner ear and cause a phantom buzzing sound called tinnitus. Botox® for TMJ can reduce this pressure and alleviate your tinnitus symptoms.
Complete Your Comprehensive Care Plan with Botox®
Botox® uses a very thin needle to inject a modified botulinum toxin serum, so you will feel comfortable during your treatment. The serum disrupts pulses in target muscles, which limits their movement and causes them to relax. Combining this treatment with other non-surgical treatment options will help you effectively manage your TMJ symptoms.
An oral orthotic device called a bite splint repositions your jaw in order to stabilize it and prevent joint fatigue caused by tooth clenching and grinding. Using Botox® alongside bite splints will help with repositioning your jaw by releasing painful muscle tension. Similarly, this injectable can work alongside tooth reshaping procedures such as coronoplasty to alleviate your muscle pain while coronoplasty fixes your bite.
Who is a Candidate for Botox®?
Botox ® is a safe, effective treatment option if you suffer from TMJ pain and related symptoms caused by muscle tension. A consultation with an experienced neuromuscular dentist (TMJ dentist) can help you determine whether or not this treatment will help you manage your symptoms.
Although this procedure is a safe treatment option for most people, it might not be right for everyone. If you are pregnant, under the age of 18, or suffer from chronic heart conditions, you should consult your physician first.
To schedule a consultation appointment with Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics, please call our Spokane Valley office at 509-927-2273, or contact us online.