Botox ® Cosmetic is well known for its ability to erase wrinkles. Many people don’t realize that Botox can also effectively help reduce jaw pain and headaches caused by temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
TMJ is a painful condition usually caused by a malocclusion (bad bite) that misaligns your jaw. The most common culprits that create this misalignment include tooth grinding (bruxism), jaw clenching, uneven or missing teeth, and physical trauma. The accompanying muscle tension can cause intense pain and other disruptive symptoms such as tension headaches, tingling or numbness in your hands and feet, and tinnitus (phantom ringing or buzzing in your ears).
Jaw pain and related symptoms can disrupt your life, causing depression, reducing your self-confidence, and detracting from your overall well-being. If you would like to learn more about managing your TMJ pain with Botox ® for TMJ, please call our Centennial office today at (303) 759-5652 or contact us online to schedule your appointment.
Botox ® for TMJ Can Help You Manage Your TMJ Pain
With proper training, a skilled neuromuscular dentist can use Botox ® for TMJ treatment to relieve your TMJ pain. Muscle tension in your face and jaw can put pressure on your jaw joint and nerves. This pressure causes radiating pain, and can pull your jaw joint out of proper alignment. TMJ also creates muscle tension, which exacerbates your pain and can cause tinnitus and migraines.
Dr. Kevin Berry will base your treatment on a thorough analysis of your pain that shows him where your symptoms originate. Dr. Berry often combines Botox ® for TMJ with other non-surgical TMJ treatments to not only reduce your pain, but also fix the problem by correcting the alignment of your jaw.
How it Works
Pain relief treatment with Botox ® for TMJ requires advanced training and knowledge about how the muscles and joints in your face all work together. Dysfunction in just one of these systems causes disharmony in the rest of your face that can also impact other parts of your body. As an experienced TMJ dentist, Dr. Berry combines his understanding of these complex systems with the latest technology, such as the iCAT imaging system, to determine the source of your pain.
Botox ® for TMJ uses an FDA-approved serum created from botulinum toxin to safely relieve your TMJ pain with little or no discomfort. Dr. Berry targets specific muscles with small injections, which encourages them to relax in order to relieve your symptoms at the source. Treatments usually only last between 10 and 30 minutes, leaving you free to enjoy the rest of your day with less TMJ pain.
You don’t have to continue living with your pain. To learn more about managing your TMJ pain with Botox ® for TMJ, please contact us online for a consultation at our office in Centennial.