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Do You Struggle with Jaw Pain and TMJ Disorder?

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If you suffer from dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), you know that your jaw issues can lead to a build-up of tension in the facial muscles. Jaw pain may be unpleasant enough on its own, but it can also lead to neck pain, tension headaches, and even migraines. There are several treatments available to address TMJ disorder—but because symptoms tend to vary from patient to patient, a combination of treatments may often be recommended. Winchester Dental offers night guard therapy, orthodontics, and a treatment that may bring relief by relaxing the maxillofacial muscles directly with BOTOX® injections. With these many tools in her toolbox, Dr. Catherine Hong may be able to provide you with relief from your jaw pain.

About TMJ Disorder

TMJ disorder is a condition that occurs when the temporomandibular joints do fit together or function correctly. When the top and bottom parts of the jaw do not work harmoniously to open and close, it can lead to overuse of certain facial muscles, which may cause jaw pain, tension, and muscle fatigue. TMJ disorder is often caused by bite misalignment, but can also result from facial injury, arthritis, or simply the natural shape of your facial bones.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

A diagnosis of TMJ disorder may be based on an analysis of your symptoms and the facial bone and tissue structures. Your symptoms may include any of the following:
• Popping or clicking in the jaw
• A feeling like things are shifting when you open and close your mouth
• A reduced range of motion when you open and close your jaw
• Soreness in the face and jaw
• Headaches
• Pain when you chew
• Neck pain, or tension in the neck muscles
• Teeth grinding or jaw clenching (bruxism)

There are a number of different treatments for TMJ disorder, and patients may have varying levels of success with each. Having a care provider who is well versed in many approaches, such as Dr. Hong, is important to finding the treatments that will work for you.

How Does BOTOX Reduce TMJ Disorder Symptoms?

Botulin toxin is a neurotoxic protein that can treat muscle spasms and stiffness. It is derived from the botulism bacterium, which has been medically repurposed so that its paralytic effect can benefit a wide array of conditions. Because BOTOX stays where it is injected, there is little danger of side effects from injecting small amounts of the toxin directly into facial muscles.

You probably know that BOTOX is often used cosmetically; by paralyzing the muscles of the face, the appearance of wrinkles is minimized. The same function that makes it effective at changing the appearance of the face can also provide relief for over-stimulated facial muscles. The effects of BOTOX injections may last as long as five months, so the injections are not considered a permanent treatment—but they can provide you with a means to relax the muscles at the heart of the problem and establish new habits in the use of your jaw.

With TMJ disorder, the muscles of the jaw become larger and stronger due to over-usage. Many treatment options are aimed at relaxing these muscles to reduce jaw pain, and BOTOX can be used to paralyze targeted muscles for several months. After being relaxed by the injections, these muscles can stop clenching, and slowly start to shrink which can result in the release of tension that causes neck pain, headaches and jaw pain. BOTOX is one of many treatment options for TMJ issues, and it’s important to note that primary treatments include relaxation techniques, night guard protection, orthodontic correction and more.

Contact Winchester Dental For Jaw Pain Treatment Options

As with every medical or dental condition, it is always advised to see your primary care physician or dentist to receive an accurate diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan. What works for one person may not be suitable or ideal for another. As a licensed dentist, Dr. Hong is trained in the anatomy of the maxillofacial area and is well-suited to provide you with treatment options for your jaw pain. Call us today at (905) 425-4205 to make an appointment at our Brooklin, ON dental practice.

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Winchester Dental
Family Dental Care in Brooklin ON

16 Winchester Rd E #5
Brooklin, ON
L1M 1B3, Canada

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Phone: (905) 425-4205