Botox for TMJ Treatment

New Advancements in Dentistry with Botox Injections

At Park Cedar Dentistry, it is our goal to remain among the trend setters with continued improvements in general dentistry treatments and cosmetic dentistry procedures. We are excited to now offer Botox as a new therapeutic for our patients’ seeking additional oral healthcare relief for jaw pain and discomfort.

What Is TMD Disorder?

TMD, known as temporomandibular disease, is brought on by the temporomandibular joint being dislocated or swollen as a result of certain stresses from the muscles affecting the joint. TMD’s most typical signs and symptoms include:

  • Jaw aches
  • Popping or clicking in the jaw
  • Limited jaw opening and closing range
  • SwellingAches in the shoulders or neck
  • Toothaches, migraines, and headaches
  • A ringing in the ears
  • Ear aches

Thankfully, our Botox injections for TMD often bring relief to the affected muscles surrounding that area of the jaw and face as a therapy aimed toward treating those patients with overactive clenching and grinding of the jaw muscles that cause tenderness and headaches.

What Is Botox For TMD?

Botox treatment for TMD offers a new solution for individuals dealing with discomfort and pain.

Traditionally known for reducing wrinkles, Botox injections in dentistry have now emerged as a new, and popular therapy for serious conditions like TMD, which can cause headaches, grinding, and bruxism during sleep.

Our dental patients receiving Botox treatment often experience significant reduction in pain, matched with improved functionality, and mouth opening capacity. By relaxing the muscles that contribute to jaw movement, Botox helps alleviate headaches and discomfort, reducing jaw tension and preventing unwanted pain.

What Are the Benefits of Botox For TMD & Dental Healthcare

  • Medically helps reduce headaches, migraines and earaches
  • Decreases teeth grinding in general, and during sleep, called Bruxism
  • Reduces pain or discomfort while eating, speaking, drinking or swallowing
  • Reduces neck and shoulder discomfort
  • Reduces jaw tightness
  • Same day treatment without needing a driver

How Do Dermal Fillers Help TMJ Disorder

Dermal fillers help enhance lip shape and frame the smile of the face benefiting your overall oral healthcare, among these other benefits:

  • Reduces lip lines in patients with dentures, or missing teeth
  • Restores volume to lips and helps drier skin
  • Balances the facial and lip appearance
  • Closes tooth gaps, or black gaps between teeth

What You Should Expect During Your Botox Treatment

Before receiving Botox injections, our specialists evaluate each patient to ensure they are suitable for the treatment.

The administration of Botox injections will be done right here in our Pineville, NC dentistry office. Patients do not need a designated driver as the treatment does not impair their ability to drive. Additionally, the injections are typically no more painful than a bug bite or pinprick.

What You Should Expect During Recovery After Your Botox Treatment

After receiving Botox for TMD in Pineville, it is safe to resume your normal activities. However, there are specific precautions to follow, which will be thoroughly explained during your appointment. Here are some expectations:

  • Avoid touching or massaging the treated areas to ensure the effectiveness of the injections.
  • Stay in an upright position for a few hours post-treatment to prevent the Botox from migrating to unintended areas.
  • For any discomfort or pain at the injection site, applying a cold compress to the surrounding area can provide relief.

Botox injections typically last between two to six months and are quick, taking only ten to fifteen minutes. Depending on the individual, repeat treatments for Botox TMD therapy may be necessary every few months. However, over time, the muscles may become weaker, resulting in a reduced need for retreatment after one to two years of consistent Botox therapy.

With ongoing Botox treatment, the frequency of sessions may be reduced from three to four times a year to once or twice annually for maintenance purposes.

If you are diagnosed with TMD and deemed a suitable candidate for Botox for TMD treatment in Pineville, the seriousness of your condition will dictate the frequency of Botox injections needed to manage your symptoms.

Let’s Schedule Your Botox Consultation

Is Botox right for you as part of your dental healthcare plan? Contact Park Cedar Dentistry today to schedule your initial Botox consultation with one of our specialty dentists.

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