TMJ disorder affects many people in this country. It’s a painful disorder that can leave your jaw in pain like you have never experienced. It isn’t just jaw pain that is felt – headaches, chronic earaches or teeth grinding can also accompany TMJ disorder. There are many treatments that can help patients with their TMJ disorder and one of the ones we use is Botox. Often associated with providing cosmetic improvements for patients, it works surprisingly well for patients with TMJ disorder. Dr. Spadafora and the rest of our dental team in Hermitage, PA want you to know that we can treat your TMJ disorder with Botox and get you the relief you seek.
What is TMJ Disorder?
Your jaw is a very complex system with many moving parts. The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your lower jaw to the temporal bone at the side of your head. These all work together to move your jaw up-and-down and side-to-side. When the muscles in your jaw are sore or painful, dysfunction can run rampant throughout your jaw. It’s estimated that over 10 million Americans suffer from this disorder, and seems to be much more common in women than men.
Receiving treatment is important because TMJ disorder can alter how your jaw functions. Permanent changes in a bite or jaw structure are possible if you don’t get treatment. Dr. Spadafora specializes in treating this disorder and incorporates Botox into the treatment. You’d be surprised how well Botox treats patients with TMJ.
When Botox is injected into the facial muscles that are experiencing pain and discomfort, it eliminates the headaches brought about by teeth grinding. In more severe TMJ cases, Botox can lessen the chances of getting lock jaw. Although it’s still considered “experimental”, evidence has already shown that Botox treatment can be very effective.
The Botox treatment works by removing the muscles’ ability to move the jaw unconsciously. Typically, this is where the headaches and pain start to form. The procedure is quick, painless, non-surgical and highly effective. Within a one to two day period, you’ll start to see improvement. Patients will feel relief within a week’s time. This treatment has worked wonders for patients in the past, and we want you to see how beneficial it can be for you.
Schedule a Consultation
Before coming in for a Botox appointment, we’ll set up a consultation with Dr. Spadafora so he can go over treatment details and review other important information. If you live in or around the Hermitage, PA area and are interested in this new-age treatment, we’d love to see you. Get treatment for TMJ disorder and start living your life in complete comfort.