Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD for short, is a painful condition that affects your jaw joints and the surrounding muscles. It can cause pain in your jaws and face, headaches, earaches, and even neck and shoulder pain.
The temporomandibular joint connects your lower jaw to your skull, and when it becomes inflamed or damaged, it can cause a lot of discomfort. At Silver Smiles Orthodontics, we offer Botox as a valuable treatment option for managing jaw tension and TMJ disorder by relaxing the involved muscles and alleviating pain and discomfort.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
- Pain in the jaw or face
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Popping or clicking sounds when you open your mouth
- Locking of the jaw
- Difficulty chewing
- Ringing in your ears
How Does Botox Treat Jaw Tension and TMJ Disorder?
Botox, a purified form of botulinum toxin, is injected into the overactive muscles that contribute to jaw tension and TMJ disorder. Once injected by our doctor in Atlanta, GA, it blocks the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter responsible for muscle contraction.
Reducing Muscle Activity
By inhibiting muscle contraction, Botox relaxes the affected muscles. This leads to decreased muscle activity and tension, which can be especially beneficial for individuals with overactive jaw muscles, often leading to involuntary clenching or grinding of the teeth.
The relaxation of the jaw muscles results in pain relief. Many individuals with TMJ disorders experience jaw pain, headaches, and facial discomfort due to muscle tension. Botox injections can help alleviate these symptoms by reducing muscle-related pain.
Improved Jaw Function
With the jaw muscles relaxed, jaw function can improve. Patients often find that they can open and close their mouths more comfortably and without restriction, enhancing their overall quality of life.
Preventing Teeth Grinding
Botox in Atlanta, GA, can effectively reduce teeth grinding, a common contributor to TMJ disorders. Preventing excessive muscle activity minimizes the force exerted on the teeth and jaw joint, protecting them from damage.
Reduced Clicking and Popping Sounds
TMJ disorders can lead to clicking or popping sounds when opening and closing the mouth. Botox injections can help reduce these sounds by decreasing muscle tension and improving jaw alignment.
TMJ/TMD can significantly impact a person's quality of life, leading to discomfort and pain. Botox treatment for TMJ/TMD is considered safe and has been effective for many patients in relieving pain and improving jaw function. If you're considering Botox treatment for TMJ/TMD, contact the Silver Smiles Orthodontics office near you at 931 Monroe Dr. NE Suite C-201, Atlanta, GA 30308; or at 2371 Henry Clower Blvd. Suite A, Snellville, GA 30078; or 1789 Clairmont Rd., Decatur, GA 30033. Or you can call (770) 972-6000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.