Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is known for causing TMJ symptoms like:
• Frequent headaches
• Popping and clicking
• Limited range of motion
• Difficulty eating
• Neck, shoulder, and back pain
• Chipped and broken teeth
• Worn down dental restorations
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
TMD can be caused by a variety of different things, but two of the most common include:
Bruxism/Grinding — A stressful job or lifestyle can lead to an unwanted side-effect: clenching and grinding your teeth. This habit may occur in the daytime or while you’re sleeping. Over time, it strains your TMJ, the muscles around it, and even wears down your teeth. Since bruxism is typically a subconscious habit, Botox may be one of the only treatments that help!
Traumatic Injuries — An athletic injury or automobile accident are just a couple of ways trauma can lead to gradual joint pain and deterioration.
Malocclusion — A misaligned bite (including crooked teeth, crossbites, overbites, and underbites) prevent your upper and lower jaws from functioning efficiently. As a result, your TMJ has to compromise natural movements to chew and bite into food properly. Atypical movements day after day eventually lead to significant jaw pain and headaches.
During your exam, we’ll evaluate your jaw anatomy clinically and via a digital X-ray. Dr. Esmaili will also feel how your TMJ moves when you open and close your mouth, checking for clicking, popping, or deviated movement.
Be sure to let us know if you’re taking any prescription medications, especially those for osteoporosis. In rare circumstances, such prescriptions can lead to loss of bone in your jaw.
How Can Botox Help?
Botox is a natural muscle relaxant. It’s used for treating fine lines and wrinkles by easing the muscle tension just underneath your skin. When applied to areas like your TMJ and facial muscles, it relaxes and minimizes the source of joint pain.
Dr. Bahar Esmaili is one of the few dentists in Boulder to offer in-house Botox treatments for TMJ disorder.
Botox can be combined with other types of non-surgical TMJ treatments like bite splits and orthodontic therapy.
How Long Does it Last?
As with traditional Botox cosmetic treatments, applications need to be touched up intermittently. The longer you use Botox, the lengthier the results tend to be.
Most of our Boulder Botox patients see results for 3-6 months per treatment. Simply schedule a quick touch-up at PeakView Dentistry any time you notice symptoms recurring symptoms or plan them around your normal checkup appointments.
Your Botox Dentist in Boulder
As a dentist, Dr. Bahar Esmaili has extensive knowledge of your orofacial and TMJ anatomy. Having Botox applied in our Boulder dental practice is a simple and predictable procedure!
Request a consultation at PeakView Dentistry today to find out if Botox treatments are right for your jaw pain.