Botox® for TMJ in Fort Collins
TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder is a condition of the joints that connect your lower jaw to your temporal bone. When these joints function normally, you are easily able to open and close your mouth when you speak, eat, smile, laugh or yawn. However, with TMJ, moving your jaw even slightly can be painful. Dr. Lindsey has been treating TMJ for many years with an oral bite appliance. In addition, for cases that are resistant to treatment, your Fort Collins, CO, dentist is now offering Botox injections to alleviate the pain of TMJ.
What is Botox?
Botox is the brand name of a drug made from a neurotoxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. When injected into a muscle in a very small and concentrated amount, Botox prevents signals from travelling from nerve cells to muscles. Without the signal instructing them to contract, muscles are effectively paralyzed.
How does Botox treat TMJ?
The temporomandibular joints are located on either side of your face just in front of your ears. An injury can displace these joints or more often than not, excessive teeth grinding and clenching (also called bruxism) overworks these joints, which leads to tension headaches and severe jaw pain. With Botox, Fort Collins, CO, dentist Dr. Lindsey relieves pain and tension by rendering muscles in the joint unable to contract to the point of discomfort. The injection does not, however, interfere with normal movement that is necessary for biting, chewing and talking.
Botox injections can eliminate the headaches that are often associated with nighttime teeth grinding and clenching. In addition, these injections can lessen the effects of other TMJ symptoms, including facial swelling and the sensation that your law is locked.
What are some other uses of Botox?
Botox is probably most often associated with eliminating facial lines and wrinkles. Dr. Lindsey is also able to treat patients who are looking to regain a more youthful appearance with Botox. Injections relax and soften facial muscles. Unable to contract, the muscles do not allow lines and wrinkles to show on your face.
What to expect after Botox treatment?
The actual Botox injection procedure usually takes no more that 10 to 30 minutes, depending on how many injections are necessary. Muscle tenderness and pain will begin to disappear very quickly, and facial lines and wrinkles will look smoother within a couple of days. Minor bruising, numbness and redness are not unusual around the injection sites.
Contact Aspen Dental Care today if you have any questions about Botox injections for TMJ and cosmetic treatments, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment.