Have pain or clicking sounds in your jaw? Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD or TMJ, could be affecting your temporomandibular joints.
When TMJs are affected by TMD, many medical issues can occur. The esteemed dentists of Fort Bend Dental in Missouri City, TX, can help.
How can the doctors at our cozy, state-of-the-art Missouri City, TX, practice relieve jaw joint and jaw muscle pain caused by TMD?
TMJ vs. TMD
Your TMJs, or temporomandibular joints, are the jaw joints that move the jaws up and down and side-to-side. TMD is short for temporomandibular joint disorder, a medical condition that can damage your TMJs. TMJ disorder is a form of TMD, but many people just call the condition TMJ.
TMD Symptoms Can Make Life Miserable
TMD can take a serious toll on your quality of life. Our Missouri, TX, team can create a personalized TMD treatment plan using advanced, nonsurgical techniques to provide relief. Contact us if you are experiencing:
- Chronic jaw joint pain
- Locking jaw
- Severe headaches
- Back, face, neck, and shoulder pain
- Aches by your ears
- Grinding or clicking noises in your jaw joints
- Upper and lower teeth not touching
Is TMJ Disorder Common?
Our TMJ Disorder Treatment Options
Mouth guards are a simple and effective TMD treatment. After taking impressions of your smile, your dentist can design a plastic device that fits comfortably around your teeth. Gentle pressure will push your lower jaw slightly forward, reducing pressure on your TMJs. This can allow inflamed jaw joints and muscles to relax. A mouth guard can also stop your from grinding and clenching.
Simple lifestyle changes like not chewing gum or resting your chin on your hand can reduce jaw joint strain. Improving your posture can also reduce pressure on your jaw. A temporary soft diet may be suggested to give your strained jaw muscles and tissues a chance to heal.
In some cases, pain medications and anti-inflammatories prescribed by our doctors can help. Since our team always tried to address the cause of your TMD and not just the symptoms, medication therapy is usually combined with another TMJ treatment.
BOTOX® for TMD
BOTOX injections, which are normally used to reduce facial wrinkles, can greatly relieve TMJ disorder symptoms. Each injection contains safe amounts of diluted botulinum toxin, which blocks nerve signals and reduces muscle tension and spasms. By relaxing your facial muscles, BOTOX can reduce the tension that causes headaches and other discomfort.
The BOTOX TMJ Treatment Procedure
Before BOTOX treatment, your Fort Bend Dental dentist will numb the area for your comfort. BOTOX injections will then be given at strategic locations. The appointment will usually take 15 to 30 minutes and you should start to notice the effects after about one week. Results last between three and six months and you can receive repeat treatments on an as-needed basis.
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