When patients suffer from pain caused by TMJ disorder (sometimes called TMD), they may not first think of Botox injections as a solution. Most individuals associate Botox with cosmetic procedures. However, relief is in sight for TMJ sufferers who live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dr. Mark Wright is here to help.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the lower jawbone (the mandible) to the skull. This joint is located in front of your ears, and its function is to allow the jaw to close and open for tasks such as chewing, speaking, or yawning. When someone has TMJ disorder, they experience pain when doing basic things like trying to yawn or chew. In short, the joint has a difficult time doing its job.
TMJ disorder symptoms can include any of these:
Bruxism is the leading cause of TMD. Bruxism is the clenching and grinding that some people do when sleeping. Other causes of TMD include:
The FDA has approved Botox to treat TMD symptoms, and the injections have a proven track record of delivering long-lasting, effective, and safe relief to the pain caused by TMD or bruxism. Moreover, the injections are well-tolerated.
You can count on these benefits when you see Dr. Wright for Botox injections.
To learn more about jaw-clenching treatment, contact Dr. Mark Wright and the skilled team at Mark H Wright DDS in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Call us at (719) 624-4122 or request an appointment online today.