A large variety of unfortunate issues originate in the jaw. The muscles that push the lower jaw down and pull it back up are capable of exerting a considerable amount of force. Chewing, however, only requires a small percentage of this force. Teeth will typically encounter excess wear on the enamel, as well as chipping, fracturing, and failure. The ligaments that connect teeth to the bone will become weaker. This will eventually lead to tooth loss, pain and further problems.
The good news is that temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues have a variety of treatment options. BOTOX®, which has traditionally been used for the cosmetic treatment of muscle-related wrinkles, can be used to address TMJ problems.
What is BOTOX® Therapeutic?
BOTOX® Therapeutic is a special formulation of a purified protein solution that has been created for use with muscle-related conditions like TMJ disorders. It works much like its cosmetic cousin, except the concentration of the active ingredient tends to be higher.
The way BOTOX® Therapeutic works is by interrupting the ability for nerves to receive impulses. The connected muscles are less able to contract, which in turn limits the ability of the jaw to clench.
The main benefit of this pertains to the non-surgical nature of BOTOX® Therapeutic. No muscle tissue needs to be removed, nor does any corrective surgery need to be performed. This treatment can drastically reduce the effects of TMJ that you may experience.
The Advantages of BOTOX® Therapeutic
Aside from the non-surgical nature of BOTOX® Therapeutic, there are a number of reasons to consider it for TMJ dysfunction. The benefits of BOTOX® Therapeutic for TMJ include:
- Effective reduction in soreness upon waking or after eating food
- Headaches reduced and eliminated
- Lockjaw prevention and treatment
- Prevention of tooth-related damage, which includes chipping, fracturing and excessive wear
- Significant reductions in pain near the jaw, as well as in the shoulders and neck
- Tiredness and fatigue eliminated from the jaw
As far as advantages of this treatment compared to other TMJ treatments, BOTOX® Therapeutic tends to be simpler and quicker to administer. It can provide relief from the symptoms of TMJ disorder almost immediately. Given that BOTOX® Therapeutic requires no surgery, this also means that there is no need for recovery. Your body will have ample time to repair the damage that TMJ has caused.
This also means that you can immediately seek treatment for your tooth-related damage. This can allow you to correct the damage that TMJ may have inflicted, which in turn will help your teeth look more beautiful and last longer.
Is BOTOX® Therapeutic Right for You?
This treatment can effectively provide relief for TMJ-related complications, but it may not be the perfect treatment for every case. To learn if BOTOX® Therapeutic is right for you, schedule a consultation at Delta Laser and Skin Care Centre in Delta, British Columbia.
We can use our experience to diagnose your unique situation, which in turn will allow us to draft the most effective personalized treatment to provide you with relief from TMJ dysfunction. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.