If you didn’t already know, November is Botox month. Botox is an FDA-approved drug that is used for several different conditions and ailments. Here at Tatum Dentistry, we wanted to make sure to spread awareness about what it is and what it does. Most people know about the cosmetic side of Botox and how it helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, but it is also an excellent treatment for TMJ pain. If you are suffering from the pain associated with TMJ, here are the facts about whether it is a viable alternative to other therapies.
What is Botox?
Botox is a pharmaceutical name for the bacterium Clostridium botulinum bacterium. Originally, it was approved to paralyze the muscles in the face to stop them from overuse and the resulting fine lines and wrinkles. Over the years, it has been suggested for other conditions such as underarm sweating, cervical dystonia, strabismus, chronic migraines, overactive bladder, and TMJ. When injected into the muscle, it aids in blocking signals that go from the nerves to the muscles. That prevents the muscle from contracting.
What is TMJ?
There is a hinge-like joint called the temporomandibular joint. It connects the skull’s temporal bones to the jaw and allows the jaw to move from side to side and up and down so you can yawn, chew, and talk. For various reasons, some people can start to experience pain in the joint.
What are the Symptoms of TMJ?
There are several symptoms associated with TMJ, including:
- Pain in either one or both of the temporomandibular joints
- Tenderness or pain of the jaw
- Pain or difficulty when chewing
- Locking up of the jaw
- Aching pain surrounding or in the ear
In some instances, it can cause a grating sensation or a clicking feel when you open your jaw or chew. In most cases, unless it causes limitations or a problem with movement, it does not need to be addressed.
We Offer Botox to Our Patients!
At Tatum Dentistry, we not only offer Botox for cosmetic treatment, but we also use it to ease the symptoms of TMJ for our patients. Although in most cases TMJ causes nothing more than pain, there is no reason not to schedule an appointment to alleviate the symptoms you are experiencing. Botox is also something we offer to our patients to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the face. After all, who better performs Botox injections to the facial muscles than the experts who spend their education studying the jaw, mouth, facial muscles, and bones?
Make An Appointment With Our TMJ Specialist in the Charleston, SC Office Today!
If you are ready to address your TMJ symptoms or turn back the hands of time, Tatum Dentistry is ready to help. Why not combine your next regular cleaning and exam with Botox injections and save time instead of dealing with two different appointments? Call our office today and set up your appointment in time for the holidays! Celebrate Botox month by coming into our office today!