If you are experiencing chronic jaw pain, toothache, headaches, ear or neck pain, you may have TMJ disorder. Other signs of this joint disorder, also known as TMD, which involve issues with the muscles in your face and jaw, include difficulty opening or closing your mouth and pain when you move your mouth.
At KidsKare P.C., our dentist offer a variety of treatment options that can help you depending on the severity of your issue. In addition to relaxation exercises for the jaw and face–changing habits, wearing a mouth guard during the day or a night guard, having jaw surgery or seeking a dental restoration–we offer the immediate relief of BOTOX injections to aid in TMJ therapy.
You probably know BOTOX for its cosmetic uses, but this neurotoxin is being used more and more to treat muscle spasms and muscle stiffness, along with treating chronic migraine and headaches. To treat TMJ, Botox helps by paralyzing the masseter muscles in the jaw which are often overused and over time can cause the facial shape to become more square. BOTOX halts the movement of these muscles so that you can’t use them to clench your jaw or grind your teeth.
As these muscles rest and repair themselves your TMJ symptoms are alleviated providing immediate relief for you. Another benefit to Botox is that it can last up to five months, which analgesics and corticosteroid injections, can’t do. Not only that, but repeated injections add up as the more you receive the treatment, the more effective it is. When Botox is injected into the muscles they will shrink over time. This helps improve your overall facial symmetry and gives you a softer facial profile.
If you would like help with your TMJ symptoms, we invite you to call 575-532-5437 and schedule a consultation with one of our skilled dentists at a location nearest you.