Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) is a condition that primarily affects the joints of the jaw, leading to a variety of symptoms that involve the oral cavity. It can begin during childhood, but primarily affects adults. However, this condition can also cause secondary problems if left untreated. Some of the problems that are associated with temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction include:
- An inability to open the mouth properly without pain
- Pressure in the sinus cavity
- Teeth grinding
- Breathing abnormalities
- Problems with excess saliva
- Clicking or popping sounds from the jaw’s joints
Seeking TMJ treatment for these problems is imperative to overcoming both the secondary problems are the original symptoms associated with TMJ. Treatments for this dysfunction are wide in variety. They include everything from old wife’s tales to complicated facial surgery.
Before undergoing invasive surgery for your TMJ condition, have a consultation with an aesthetician with training in this problem. Rather than having surgery that requires the use of anesthesia, incisions, stitches and a long recovery time, you can receive a fast injection of a safe neurotoxin. That’s right, Botox just might be the solution to your TMJ problems.
How Botox Can Help Treat Symptoms Of TMJ
Botox treatment is used for TMJ treatment to numb the nerves in the facial area that is underneath the skin near the jaw’s joints. Botox is a neurotoxin that will paralyze the tiny muscles into which it is injected. This paralyzing eliminates the improper stress and strain caused on the jaw, which leads to proper jaw functioning. Botox treatments in Salt Lake City can be a great option for relieving that unnecessary stress.
What to Expect from Your Consultation and Treatment
For temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction, the practitioner will inject the neurotoxin into strategic locations of your face near the jaw’s joints on either side of the face. The expert who provides these injections has an understanding of your facial anatomy in order to target the nerves that control the jaw’s movement.
This fast and easy procedure is just a couple of simple injections. The aesthetician will clean your facial skin with an antiseptic pad. The Botox is injected underneath the skin, and you may feel a pinprick sensation from the thin sterilized needle along with a cool sensation as the neurotoxin enters the underlying tissues. This process is fast and easy, and won’t require you to be at the facility longer than an hour at most.
Relief from TMJ Symptoms
The Botox treatment requires several days or weeks to begin working as the neurotoxin numbs the nerves in the muscles of the jaw to reduce your discomfort from TMJ. As the nerves in the face are paralyzed, you will have relaxed muscles near the jaw. You will notice that it is easier to open and close your mouth. In addition, you are less likely to have the other symptoms that are associated with TMJ, including headaches, neck stiffness and breathing abnormalities while sleeping. Essentially, without the movement and strain from the previously active muscles your jaw will begin to function more like the way it should. In a short period of time, the stress on your jaw will relax and symptoms will fade away.
At Trilogy Medical Center located in Salt Lake City, Utah, we offer Botox treatments to men and women. Medical aesthetics can improve your physical health and your appearance with a variety of treatments, including:
- Dermal fillers
- Weight loss treatments
- Body sculpting
- Brow shaping
- Laser treatments
One of the best benefits from using Botox for your temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction is also having a reduction in your skin’s facial wrinkles and folds. Contact us today at 801-747-2273 to schedule your complimentary consultation with one of our expert injectors.