How Botox Can Help Manage TMD Pain
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) and How Michelle Enmark, DDS Can Help
Three years ago Botox was approved to treat migraines by the FDA. Since then it has become an increasingly popular way to treat migraines and, recently, alleviate TMD symptoms.
As far as treating migraines goes, Botox wears offs and so repeated treatments are necessary. This is of course how Botox works; it does require a patient to keep visiting the doctor or dentist to get the treatment.
Numerous testimonials in newspapers and articles online attest to how people rather spend money on Botox for their relief than medication. As one patient said, it was no cheaper to get the medication and Botox had the added benefit of making him look a little younger as well as be pain free. The patient went on to say that not waking in pain every month was well worth the treatment.
Treating TMD at Michelle Enmark, DDS in Sacramento…
Botox does not cure TMD. That’s just not how it works. It works only to temporarily relieve symptoms, and does not address the issue at the core.
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a debilitating condition with many symptoms that can vary from patient to patient. Some of the signs and symptoms of TMD include:
- Aching pain in and around the ear
- Facial pain
- Locking joint: this usually makes it harder to open and close your mouth
- Difficulty chewing
- Discomfort while chewing
- Pain or tenderness of your jaw
- Clicking sound when you open your mouth
- Grating sensation when you open your mouth
Tailoring the Treatment to Suit Your Needs…
At Michelle Enmark, DDS in Sacramento we tailor the treatment to deal with your individual condition. As well as Botox we also offer non-invasive oral appliances.
Botox is an injection that essentially blunts nerve signals to certain muscles. For TMD sufferers Botox is able to relieve the tension from the jaw. A clenching jaw is often what causes debilitating headaches. However, Botox does wear off, which means that repeat sessions are needed.
If you are interested in our getting relief from TMD with our Botox solution, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.
Other Ways to Treat TMD at Michelle Enmark, DDS…
Aside from being able to relieve pain with Botox, our dentists are also offer non-invasive oral appliance therapy. Our range of non-invasive oral appliance therapy allows us to custom design a mouth guard to protect your teeth from grinding, bruxism or clenching.
Signs Of Grinding, Bruxism And Clenching…
There are a number of ways to determine grinding, clenching and bruxism:
- Are your teeth chipped?
- Are they Cracked?
- Have you noticed excessive enamel wear?
- Are your teeth uneven?
- Do you wake up with headaches and jaw pain?
If you answer yes to one or more of these than you may be suffering from bruxism, clenching or grinding while you sleep. With our custom made night guards we can help you fight the habit.
We also custom make sport mouth guards to protect you from suffering oral trauma during contact sports.
For more information on our TMD treatment, or to book an appointment at our conveniently located dental practice in Sacramento, please do not hesitate to contact us.