Everyone has two temporomandibular joints (TMJ) on either side of their jaw, which connects the jawbone to the skull. When the alignment of your TMJ is off, it can result in a TMJ Disorder (TMD). TMD symptoms often involve a clicking or popping jaw, lockjaw and facial pain. This condition can also affect other areas of your body and may lead to poor posture. Arm tingling or numbness is just one of a few common body symptoms of TMD. There are a variety of treatments available from mouth guards to jaw surgery, but BOTOX® Cosmetic is another option for our Morristown patients.
How Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Work for TMD Treatment?
This injectable works by immobilizing the muscles causing your TMD symptoms. BOTOX® Cosmetic relieves the tension in your jaw that causes pain and difficulty speaking, chewing and swallowing, but the effects are temporary. Additional treatments are necessary after a few months. This treatment option could alleviate any headaches you might be experiencing due to TMD and prevents involuntary movements such as grinding and clenching your teeth.
The BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment is a fast and effective alternative to traditional methods such as full mouth restoration with oral appliances and lengthy orthodontic treatment to achieve an optimal bite. Many patients see a noticeable improvement in just one or two days after their first BOTOX® Cosmetic session, but it may take as long as one week to show the full effect.
If you suffer from TMD symptoms, our neuromuscular dentist can perform a thorough examination of your bite. Our Bernardsville dentistry office uses the advanced K7 evaluation system, so we can accurately determine the right course of treatment for you.
Schedule your TMD evaluation with our dentist in New Jersey today at (908) 221-1188. Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville serves clients in Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester and Far Hills, New Jersey.