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How Does BOTOX® Help with TMJ?

November 27, 2022
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Posted By: Dr. David Walker
Woman with jaw pain from TMJ near Brandon, FL

BOTOX® relaxes the muscles around the TMJ, putting the joints at partial rest and giving them a chance to heal. BOTOX can also alleviate pain and curb bruxism (teeth grinding), which may contribute to or cause TMJ.

Your dentists in Brandon, FL, offer various treatments for TMJ, including BOTOX injections.

What Is TMJ?

TMJ is a quick way to say temporomandibular joint. These hinge-like constructions allow for chewing, yawning, and speaking. The TMJ links the lower jaw to the skull. However, TMJ is often used to describe disorders of this joint as much as the joint itself.

Signs and Causes of TMJ

Signs of TMJ can worsen over time. You may start with mild discomfort or a clicking sound in the joint, but this can escalate without treatment.

Signs of TMJ include:

  • Jaw joint pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Migraines
  • Jaw locking or clicking

If your TMJ results from Bruxism, you may also notice worn teeth, tooth fractures, and exaggerated musculature in front of the ears.

Causes of TMJ include:

  • Bruxism
  • Stress
  • Anatomical issues
  • Injury
  • Unknown

TMJ Treatment at Walker & Barr, DMD

Woman riding bikes at All Person's Rotary Park in Brandon, FLTreating your TMJ is crucial because severe cases can mean surgery. Your dentist in Brandon, FL can evaluate your level of TMJ and create an appropriate treatment plan to ease pain and help correct the issue.

TMJ treatments may Include:

  • Appliance therapy
  • BOTOX
  • Surgery
  • Specific exercises

Appliance therapy means your dentist creates a special aligner you wear over your teeth. These aligners help prevent teeth grinding and allow your jaw joints to relax.

And our dentists deliver BOTOX through a thin, almost wispy needle. It is not painful, but you may feel tiny stings.

Book an Evaluation for TMJ or Bruxism in Brandon, FL

If you want to learn more about BOTOX for TMJ or other bruxism treatments, or you are ready to arrange a consultation with your Brandon dentist, give Walker & Barr, DMD a call today at (813) 689-5928.

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