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How Can BOTOX® Help Treat TMJ?

May 17, 2016

Filed under: Botox — Tags: , , , , , , , — thornton @ 4:59 pm

dentist mariettaYou may know BOTOX® as a treatment for reducing facial wrinkles and fine lines. But if you’re dealing with chronic migraines, teeth grinding, facial, neck or ear pain, you’ll be interested in the newest application of BOTOX® — as a treatment for TMJ dysfunction! Dr. Thornton, your dentist in Marietta, is pleased to be able to provide this new treatment for patients dealing with the painful effects of jaw tension related to TMJ dysfunction.

About TMJ and Jaw Tension

The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the hinge that allows your jaw to open, close and move from side to side. Dental misalignment, stress and other factors can result in undue pressure on the TMJ, causing nighttime teeth grinding, migraines and other painful, problematic symptoms. Some additional signs you may be experiencing problems with your TMJ include:

  • Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
  • A popping or clicking sound in the jaw
  • The sensation of lockjaw
  • Tingling extremities

If you’re dealing with any of these symptoms of TMJ, BOTOX® can help you find the relief you need.

How BOTOX® Treats TMJ

When used to treat TMJ, BOTOX® is injected into the muscles surrounding the jaw to freeze them in place, preventing their unconscious movement. It’s a quick procedure — usually completed in just 20 to 30 minutes at Thornton Dental Wellness — and it can provide relief from jaw tension and TMJ for up to four months, on average. Follow-up applications are easy for continued comfort.

After Your BOTOX® Treatment for TMJ

You’ll be able to return to your day as scheduled following your non-surgical BOTOX® injections — in fact, some patients stop into our office for TMJ-related BOTOX® injections on their way to work or during their lunch break. Wrinkles in the treated area will begin to disappear within the first day or two following the procedure, with symptoms of your TMJ subsiding at the same rate. It may take up to a week for the full results to take effect.

Learn More Today!

If you’re interested in reading more on how BOTOX® can treat your TMJ symptoms, please click here to learn about the newest application of this treatment from the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. Then contact Thornton Dental Wellness to request your appointment for TMJ therapy! Dr. Thornton and her whole team can’t wait to help you find much-needed relief from your jaw tension… while revealing a more youthful, refreshed look at the very same time!

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