Jaw Pain? Dr. Spadafora Has Solutions
TMJ disorder affects approximately 10 million Americans each year, leaving them with jaw pain, headaches, chronic earaches, or teeth grinding. While there is an assortment of treatments, our Hermitage, PA patients have seen their symptoms reduced and even extinguished by using BOTOX®.
BOTOX is often associated with cosmetic enhancement. However, it works surprisingly well for patients suffering from TMJ disorder. Dr. Spadafora and the rest of our dental team want you to know that we can treat your symptoms and restore your pain-free livelihood with BOTOX.
What Is TMJ Disorder?
The temporomandibular joints (TMJs) are located just below the ears on either side of the face and are where your lower jaw connects to the skull. These complex joints allow your jaw to move in multiple directions at a time.
A TMJ disorder (TMD) occurs when there’s an issue with one or both of the joints. Patients experiencing a TMD might notice neck pain, toothaches, dizziness, clicking noises while eating or speaking, headaches, ringing of the ears (tinnitus), and more.
Receiving treatment is crucial because TMD can change how your jaw functions. It’s highly likely that without professional help, a TMD could cause permanent changes to your bite and jaw structure. Dr. Spadafora is uniquely qualified to treat this disorder with BOTOX.
BOTOX (OnabotulinumtoxinA) is an excellent alternative treatment for TMJ disorders and other jaw tension or pain. Dr. Spadafora will inject it into the facial muscles where the discomfort is located. BOTOX reduces tension, eliminates headaches, and can minimize lockjaw (trismus).
Treating TMD and other forms of jaw pain using BOTOX is typically quick, painless, and effective. After Dr. Spadafora is done administering the injections, you can expect to see noticeable improvements within the first 48 hours. However, the full effects of the BOTOX could take as long as a week.
After BOTOX Treatment
Since BOTOX is a non-surgical and non-invasive procedure, you’ll be able to return to your regular activities immediately. However, there are a few limitations.
To avoid spreading the BOTOX to other muscles, don’t rub or massage the injection site. Dr. Spadafora also recommends standing upright for the remainder of the day to ensure the only tissues affected are the TMJ muscles. Even though you should stay upright, exercise should be limited.
Schedule a Consultation Today!
Before arriving for a BOTOX appointment, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Spadafora. This brief meeting will allow him to examine and assess your TMJ pain. If he thinks BOTOX is ideal for your situation, he’ll discuss the treatment details, review any other relevant information, and answer any questions you may have.
If you live in or around the Hermitage, PA area and are interested in this new-age treatment, we can help. Get symptom relief for your TMJ disorder and restore your livelihood today.