October 6, 2023
BOTOX is a common cosmetic procedure these days that’s often used to address wrinkles, laugh lines, and other aesthetic facial issues; more-or-less, it turns back the clock and helps patients to look and feel younger in the face! But did you know that this unique treatment has some other pretty incredible uses as well, including targeting TMJ disorder and related symptoms? Keep reading to learn more!
Understanding TMJ Disorder
To put it simply, temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder is a debilitating condition that causes pain, discomfort, and limited jaw movement. The TMJ are special joints that connect the jaw to the rest of the skull, and due to their complexity, they’re susceptible to issues. If these joints become displaced or overworked, a person may suffer severe tension headaches, as well as a sharp pain in the jaw that can even inhibit oral functionality. What’s worse is that TMJ disorder is often caused by bruxism, which is teeth grinding that occurs at night—meaning the patient is totally unaware of it!
How Can BOTOX Help with TMJ Disorder?
BOTOX, which is short for botulinum toxin, is a neurotoxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. In controlled doses, BOTOX has several amazing therapeutic applications, but its primary function is to temporarily paralyze or weaken muscles by blocking nerve signals. This property has led to its widespread use in cosmetic procedures to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, and sometimes, to encourage smiling.
The idea behind using BOTOX for TMJ disorder is to target the muscles responsible for jaw movement that are surrounding the joints, and essentially inhibit their problematic activity. This means the BOTOX can reduce muscle spasms and alleviate the associated discomfort. This treatment is usually quick, noninvasive, straightforward, and immediately effective. Most patients experience noticeable improvement within a day or two of treatment!
When it comes to treating TMJ disorders, BOTOX stands out as an innovative solution capable of delivering fast and promising results. As with any sort of treatment, though, you’ll want to consult with your dental professional beforehand in the interest of achieving optimal results!
About the Author
Dr. Kinnari Jariwala received her dental degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry and is a proud member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the renowned Academy of General Dentistry. Her practice in Albuquerque is thrilled to offer a wide range of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatment options, as well as BOTOX therapy designed for patients with TMJ disorders. If you have any questions about the blog or you’d like to arrange an appointment for you or a loved one, feel free to contact her team online or over the phone for additional information or assistance. Telephone: (505) 433-2107.
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