TMJD, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, refers to a group of disorders that affect the joint which joins the jaw to the skull (temporomandibular joint or TMJ) as well as the muscles that control chewing. The team at Seidner Dentistry & Associates in Randolph, NJ offers TMJ treatment. This disorder often results in discomforts such as pain, difficulty with the jaw, earaches and migraines. There are many causes of TMJD including but not limited to:

  • Trauma to the jaw or TMJ
  • Arthritis
  • Grinding of the teeth
  • Jaw clenching
  • Misaligned bite
  • Poor posture
  • Stress
  • Dislocation
  • Disease or illness

You may be surprised to learn some of the seemingly unrelated symptoms of TMJD. Symptoms of TMJD may also include:

  • Prevalent pain or soreness in the jaw, especially at certain times of the day
  • A popping or clicking sound when the mouth is opened or closed
  • Trouble opening and closing the mouth or chewing
  • Misaligned bite
  • An earache not caused by infection
  • A toothache not caused by infection or other dental health issues
  • Jaw pain when chewing, biting, yawning or speaking
  • A ‘locked’ or stiff jaw when chewing, biting, yawing or speaking
  • Recurring tension headaches or migraines, especially if present upon waking
  • Recent changes to your bite

There are many ways to treat TMJD just as there are many causes and symptoms. At Seidner Dentistry & Associates, we offer you many conservative options for TMJD treatment. If you are interested in learning more about TMJD and what we can do for you, please give us a call.

Treatment for TMJ with Botox:

Botox is commonly associated with cosmetic enhancements like removing fine lines and wrinkles. However, it can also be used for clinical applications. Botox can treat:

  • TMJ
  • Clenching
  • Bruxism or grinding

How does Botox work?

Botox works by attaching to the nerve endings of the muscles and preventing them from contracting all the way. This enables the muscles to remain relaxed. There is no loss of sensitivity and, when used correctly, it does not affect normal functions such as eating, speaking or chewing.

What should I expect during TMJ treatment?

Treatment with Botox usually takes only 5-15 minutes. You should start to feel pain relief almost immediately. You will be required to follow a few simple recovery guidelines: limit physical activity for a short time after the injection, remain upright for several hours, and refrain from rubbing or massaging the injection site. Rubbing and massaging may spread the treatment fluid to other, undesired areas.

How long do results last?

Results commonly last for up to four months. After extended use, your results may last longer as muscles begin to atrophy. When pain or discomfort start to reoccur, it is time for another visit.

Are there any side effects?

As with all medical procedures, there are possible side effects and risks. For Botox, these are uncommon and temporary. Reported side effects include bruising, temporary numbness, redness at injection site, muscle weakness, headaches, nausea, respiratory infection, and flu syndrome. These side effects are associated with the injection and occur within the first week. Pregnant and breastfeeding individuals should not use Botox.

If you are interested in learning more about your Botox treatment options, call today to schedule your consultation.