BOTOX® has been on the market for a number of years now and is commonly used on the face to fill in lines, add bulk to receding lips and generally improve the contours of an aging face. BOTOX® is also gaining in popularity as a treatment option for temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD. This condition is often accompanied by regular TMJ related headaches and migraines.
If you experience tension headache, jaw pain, popping or clicking sounds when you open and close your mouth or even find your jaw locking up, these are often symptoms of TMD and it is wise to seek a diagnosis from a dentist before treatment options are considered.
Your dentist may offer you treatments such as pain relievers or the wearing of a plastic guard in your mouth while sleeping. BOTOX® is now considered to be an effective treatment option, especially for relieving TMD pain, migraines and headaches.
BOTOX® for migraines plays the role of a muscle relaxer and can help in reducing the intensity of muscle contractionsthat add to TMD, and as a result facial pain.
With TMD the pain is associated with muscle strain in the jaw. When they are under strain they contract, leading to muscle spasms, soreness and pain. Just a small number of BOTOX® injections may offer help that prevents the muscles from becoming excessively tense in the jaw region. The injections can stop headaches that occur due to teeth grinding as well.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located on both sides of your head, where your skull meets the jawbone. This joint is what you use for eating, talking and swallowing. If the bite becomes misaligned and the jaw is worked too much through due to persistent teeth grinding, you may start to suffer from painful tension headaches and jaw pain.
BOTOX®, which is commonly associated with cosmetic face treatment can relieve jaw tension by making muscles engage properly so that when the jaw moves it no longer inflicts migraines and headaches.
If your TMJ is misaligned it makes it difficult to chew and eat satisfactorily. In order to be able to do these everyday tasks the jaw suffers strain while you try to position your teeth to undertake them. This is when pain takes over particularly jaw pain, migraines and headaches.
Treating the TMJ with Botox is quite straightforward. BOTOX® is a mild neurotoxin which paralyzes the muscles which receive injections of Botox temporarily.
In the procedure the masseter muscle is first identified by getting the patient to contract the muscle while clenching his or her jaw. Several small BOTOX®x injections are placed into the muscle which causes the muscles to relax and weaken, but does not cause complete paralysis.
You will be able to eat, chew and speak as usual, but will no longer notice the spasms that were occurring with the grinding and clenching that took place before treatment.
More injections may be administered in the temple region and forehead if symptoms require this. Dr Buchanan here at YouFirst Dental in Airdrie is certified in using BOTOX® to help treat TMJ problems.
If you have TMJ related pain, especially if you suffer from chronic or frequent headaches or migraines, BOTOX® could be part of a dental remedy. It is best to arrange a consultation first with Dr. Buchanan here at You First Dental in Airdrie so that your TMJ problems can be assessed.
BOTOX® is normally used as part of a wider and longer term treatment plan that we devise to help target and help your jaw misalignment.
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