Muscle pain & headache relief
The muscle pain, jaw pain, or chronic headaches you’ve been experiencing may be related to problems with your jaw
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge connecting your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, located at the front of your ear. These flexible joints allow your jaw to move smoothly and enable you to chew, talk and yawn.
Muscles attached to and surrounding the jaw joint control the position and movement of the jaw.
What causes TMJ?
TMJ jaw pain occurs when there are problems with the jaw muscles or with the joint itself. Injury to the jaw, joint or muscles of the head and neck caused by whiplash, for example, can result in TMJ disorders. Other possible causes include:
- teeth clenching or grinding
- arthritis in the joint
- stress (causing tightening of the jaw and facial muscles)
How do I know I have it?
Common signs include:
- facial pain, jaw pain, or neck and shoulder pain
- ear pain when chewing
- jaws locked in open or closed-mouth position
- clicking sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing your mouth
- difficultly chewing
Other signs include:
- ringing in the ears
How Millennium Dental can help
After establishing the root cause of your TMJ symptoms, specialized appliance therapy can be used to support the jaw joint, muscles and teeth in a harmonious position.
Our doctors are trained to offer longer term solutions which can include bite rehabilitation and orthodontic procedures.
Botox treatments for TMJ jaw pain
Botox has been proven to provide relief from headaches and facial pain, and to reduce the symptoms of TMJ jaw pain.
Botox essentially paralyzes the muscles at the injection site as it reduces the intensity of the contraction of the muscles. This option has transformed the way dentists can plan treatment for TMJ therapy.
In addition to using Botox to treat dental and facial pain, Millennium Dental offers Botox treatments for cosmetic purposes, as an effective way to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
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