Ease the Pain of TMJ Disorder

TMJ disorder is a syndrome that affects the function of the jaw. Common symptoms include audible popping noises when moving the jaw, jaw muscles that are tender to the touch, and limited jaw range of motion, while other possible symptoms include dizziness (vertigo) and ringing in the ears (tinnitus). Though not life threatening, TMJ disorder affects quality of life. The good news is that TMJ disorder is treatable, and TMJ therapy in Plantation is available here at LG Dental Studio.

What Exactly Is TMJ?

TMJ can be a confusing term. It stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the point where the jawbone connects to the skull on either side of the face, just in front of the ears. People often use the abbreviation TMJ to refer to the pathology that occurs at this joint rather than the joint itself. The causes of TMJ disorder are not known, although it is believed to result from nervous habits such as grinding the teeth. Stress may also be a factor, as people who experience a lot of tension are more prone to clenching the jaw, which may aggravate the muscles, ligaments, and tendons at the joint. TMJ disorder is fairly common, affecting approximately one-fifth to one-third of the adult population. Females are more likely to have TMJ than males, and those affected are usually between the ages of 20 and 40.

What Is Involved in TMJ Therapy?

There are several different methods of treatment for TMJ disorder. Some of the more common treatments include physical therapy, oral splints, and medications such as muscle relaxants or anti-inflammatories. However, when these more conservative methods fail, procedures such as an injection of Botox for TMJ may be attempted. Botox reduces muscle movement by preventing the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from entering the neuromuscular junction. This reduced muscle movement may reduce irritation in the soft tissues surrounding the TMJ.

Don’t Live With the Pain

If you have TMJ disorder, there is no need for you to suffer anymore. Contact us today to set up an appointment and discuss whether Botox TMJ treatment will be effective for you.