When you have a problem with one or both of your TMJ, or temporomandibular joints, you know it. It’s a painful, annoying condition that can cause your jaw to click and hurt when eating or speaking, among many other bothersome side effects. It’s a serious problem that affects many Americans — most of whom usually don’t realize there’s a relatively simple, highly effective solution for their pain. It’s botox in Hermitage, PA. Keep reading to learn more about the condition TMD and its new, effective treatment.
TMJ Disorder: Causes and Symptoms
Your jaw is a complex system of moving parts. The TMJ is just one part the network, and it allows you to move your jaw up and down and side-to-side. When an accident, stress, arthritis, misalignment of the bite, nighttime teeth grinding or another problem causes stress on the jaw, problems in the TMJ can occur as a result — which we refer to as TMD, or temporomandibular disorder.
Symptoms of TMD include:
- Pain or tenderness in the jaw and face
- Chronic headaches or earaches
- Problems opening the mouth wide to speak, yawn or eat
- Jaws that lock into place when open or closed
- Clicking or popping sounds upon opening or closing the mouth
- Face swelling on one or both sides
- Painful chewing or the sensation that teeth are misaligned when eating
Treating TMD With Botox
One of the most common symptoms of TMD is jaw, face pain and headaches. How does botox help? Good question.
While the treatment is most commonly associated with cosmetic improvements, botox also prevents the tendency of the TMJ muscles to move the jaw unconsciously — which usually causes the jaw, face pain and headaches associated with TMD. One or two days after the quick, painless, non-surgical botox procedure, you’ll start to see improvement in the pain associated with TMJ disorder, and you will feel major relief within a week.
While using botox for pain associated with TMD is still considered experimental, patients choosing this treatment at our Hermitage office have reported feeling extreme relief from their face, jaw pain and headaches — and we can’t wait to see how the treatment can benefit you.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you’re curious how the botox treatment can help you with your TMJ pain, what are you waiting for? Contact us to schedule your consultation for botox with Dr. Spadafora today. Dr. Spadafora our whole dental team welcome patients from Sharpsville, Sharon, Farrell, West Middlesex and beyond — come see how we can help you seek relief from your TMD with TMJ therapy in Hermitage, PA today.