Expert Treatment For Jaw Pain
TMJ/TMD refers to “temporomandibular joint disorder.” As the name suggests, TMD refers to a malfunction of the temporomandibular joint. This joint is located right below both of the ears, and it connects the jaw to the skull. When it’s healthy and functioning properly, it allows you to open your mouth widely, chew, speak, and laugh without pain.
But when this joint malfunctions, this is called TMD. TMD can happen due to joint overuse, inflammation, trauma to the joint, or even due to an unhealthy bite position. It can result in problems with oral range of motion, pain, and stiffness that can interfere with your daily life. If you need TMD treatment in Reno, Dr. Dean is here to help. Contact us now to schedule an appointment, and explore the possibilities of TMD Botox. Don't hesitate to give us a call or stop by our office located at 620 Humboldt Street, Reno, NV 89509.
TMD can cause a variety of different symptoms. Commonly, it will result in jaw pain and stiffness, and radiating pain near the ear. You may also have problems opening your mouth widely, and you may hear “clicking” or “popping” noises when doing so. In some cases, the jaw may occasionally “lock” into place, limiting movement temporarily. TMD can also cause tooth sensitivity and tenderness when chewing.
More dentists than ever are exploring Botox as a way to help reduce TMD and jaw pain. This is because of Botox’s ability to selectively paralyze facial muscles. When administered to certain jaw muscles, Botox can help reduce jaw tension and pain, and promote the healing of the temporomandibular joint. Dr. Dean specializes in this treatment, so contact us now if you think Botox for TMD and jaw pain may be right for you.
This depends on how quickly you metabolize Botox. This is different for every patient, but most people get the best results for about 3-5 months after treatment. Depending on the specifics of your case, Dr. Dean will determine whether or not more injections are required to treat your TMD.
If you are experiencing significant pain and discomfort from TMD, Botox treatment is a good option. It may help relieve pain, tenderness, and discomfort and promote healing.
Botox is a particularly good choice if teeth grinding contributes to TMD. Since it paralyzes some of your facial muscles, Botox can be used to reduce the severity and frequency of teeth grinding, and encourage your TMJ to heal.
If you have tried other treatments like lifestyle changes, oral appliance therapy (OAT) and physical therapy and they have not provided the results you want, Botox is likely a good choice for you.
There’s no time like the present to get started on your journey to your best smile yet. We can’t wait to meet you, so be sure to get in touch today with your local dentist in Reno!