When Dr. Mark Wright meets patients battling TMJ disorder, most are usually frustrated by taking pain-relieving medications for many years. However, when Dr. Wright asks them whether they have tried Botox, most are usually taken aback. And we understand because most people associate Botox with beauty enhancement. However, the truth is that Botox injections can reduce TMJ-related pains, improving your overall quality of life.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most complex yet underappreciated joints in your body. When it’s working optimally, you will barely notice you have it because you can yawn, laugh, chew, bite, and smile without any ounce of pain. However, when this joint isn’t working as it should be, you may experience many symptoms, including:
Now that you are familiar with TMJ disorder symptoms, you may ask what causes the malfunctioning of this joint in the first place. Stress, arthritis, injury, bite misalignment, and teeth grinding can all lead to TMJ pain. However, with the help of a dentist, you can pinpoint the exact cause of your TMJ pain.
What have you heard about Botox? Most people know Botox injection as a treatment to reduce age-related wrinkles and fine lines in the face. But how does Botox do this? This treatment prevents nerve cell signals from reaching your muscles, minimizing muscle contractions. Given that Botox injections relax your muscles, you can now understand how it relieves TMJ-related pain.
Depending on your symptoms, Botox for TMJ is injected into the jaw muscles, forehead, or temple. The injection relaxes your muscles, lifting tension off the TMJ. As a result, you experience few or no headaches, sleep better, and feel relaxed.
Are you battling TMJ pain that doesn’t yield to pain medications? Why don’t you dial (719) 624-4122 to book an appointment with Mark H Wright DDS for Botox treatment? After a few injections, you will be back to feeling your very best.