“People with jaw pain, jaw clenching, or similar disorder are very likely experiencing a Temporomandibular Joint Disorders, often referred to as TMD or TMJ. Dentists are highly educated and trained to deal with facial muscles and the jaw and are perhaps the best qualified health professionals to diagnose and treat these problems. There are a variety of treatment options and I have found that Botox Treatments can provide months of relief to my patients,” stated Dr. Lauren Nguyen, cosmetic dentist and owner of Pinnacle Dental in Houston, Texas. “Botox injections are safe and it is a treatment strategy that is both reversible and non-surgical. And although it is primarily known for its cosmetic applications with facial wrinkles, Botox’s uses have multiplied for a number of muscle-generated dental disorders. And Botox has provided pain-relief with patients that suffer from migraines.”
TMD is short for “temporomandibular joint disorder“. TMD is a more comprehensive term and refers to various disorders or issues that can affect the temporomandibular joint or TMJ. TMJ refers to the joint that connects the jaw to the skull and it is described by some medical professionals as “small and delicate”.
There are a variety of different symptoms associated with TMJ. The most common symptoms are as follows:
TMJ disorders generally affect the jaw joint and the key muscles and ligaments attached to and surrounding the joint. The most common causes are:
“I have been surprised by the number of patients who have entered my dental office with complaints about jaw, face, and neck pain. And many of them are dealing with a great deal of stress in their lives. Studies indicate that stress is one of the leading causes of TMJ and I have found that to be true in my dental practice. There are several TMJ treatment options available and I discuss all of them with my patients. Often Botox injections are the treatment of choice because the benefits last for months,” commented Dr. Nguyen.
“I am very pleased with the results from my Botox injections. I had been getting migraines several times a week and it was impacting my work. I had several Botox treatments over a period of six months and the migraines have disappeared,” stated a Botox patient.