Treating Chronic Grinding And TMJ Disorder With Botox

If you receive a diagnosis of bruxism, the constant wear and tear on the surface of your teeth can seriously degrade your oral health. Similarly, living with temporomandibular joint disorder can become a nightmare as you wake each morning with significant pain throughout your face. Fortunately, we can help relieve your TMJ symptoms with Botox facial injections. Botox contains neurotoxins that relax your tense jaw muscles, alleviating the pain brought on by chronic jaw tension and clenching. We can recommend this therapy in conjunction with other TMJ therapies, or you may find it sufficient to clear your worst symptoms!

What Is TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder refers to the displacement or chronic stress upon the temporomandibular joint of your jaw. Found on both sides of your head where the skull and jawbone meet, your TMJ provides the vital connection that articulates your mouth whenever you swallow, speak, or chew. Common symptoms associated with TMJ Disorder include:

  • Difficulty fully opening or closing the jaw
  • Jaw pain
  • Clicking or popping sound when chewing or talking
  • Earaches or ringing
  • Headaches
  • Pain in the neck or shoulder

How Does Botox Treat TMJ Tension?

When Botox neurotoxin is injected into your masseter muscles, it limits the muscle function to prevent chronic stress placed on the TMJ. You enjoy immediate pain relief and can more easily focus on other stressors with your TMJ symptoms under control. Botox injections take effect for around 3 to 4 months before wearing off.

Ask Your Leawood, KS, Dentist About Treating Your TMJ Disorder With Botox Injections

Botox therapy presents the ability to limit force placed on your temporomandibular joints by the masseter muscle. This relieves chronic stress and allows you to enjoy a more pain-free existence! To schedule a consultation with us, call Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS, today at 913-681-5500. We also serve patients who live in Overland Park, South KC, South OP, Martin City, MO, and all surrounding communities.