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You are probably aware that BOTOX is used as an injection procedure to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines that show the inconvenient effects of aging. But BOTOX is also an alternative treatment option for more than just frown lines. It has therapeutic applications that can provide pain relief for many patients suffering from Temporomandibular Joint disorders.
When BOTOX is injected into the temporalis and masseter muscles, it limits muscle function to relieve the pain associated with TMJ disorders. BOTOX therapy can alleviate the following symptoms:
Once the pain from TMJ disorder is under control, it will be easier to address outside stressors that increase symptoms. The relief provided by therapy may be temporary, but addressing the underlying causes that increase symptoms will give long-term relief.
TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint connecting your jaw to your skull. It’s common for this joint to become swollen or inflamed if it becomes stressed. This can lead to painful symptoms for the patient. The most common cause of TMJ disorders is grinding or clenching teeth.
BOTOX is derived from botulinum toxin type A, a natural neurotoxin that blocks chemical signals in your muscles. When targeted at particular injection sites in the facial muscles, this prevents these selected muscles from receiving the message to move. Only trained medical professionals can administer the injection of Botox units.
Facial lines and wrinkles occur when muscle movements cause the skin to fold together repeatedly in the same spot. Temporary muscle weakness from the procedure prevents the underlying movement, so this reduces the appearance of facial wrinkles to preserve a youthful appearance.
When the muscles are prevented from moving following treatment, it releases the tension caused by contracting the muscles. This relieves the tension and pain while patients locate and treat the underlying cause of their disorder.
Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, typically occurs while sleeping and is linked to stress or anxiety. Our team at Sunset Dentistry can help determine causes and help you find relief. A few quick tips to avoid grinding teeth include:
You don’t have to live with the symptoms of TMJ disorders. Dr. Morghem and her team are proud to support our Bay Area patients with treatment plans to relieve symptoms and find the underlying causes of pain associated with TMJ. To schedule an appointment and get the relief you deserve, call us at (415) 681-7001.