Treatment for Jaw Tension and TMJ
At Innovative Dental, we use as an alternative treatment for TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) disorders and associated jaw tension and pain. When injected into facial muscles afflicted with soreness and discomfort, it relieves TMJ and jaw tension for many patients. The injections often eliminate headaches resulting from teeth grinding, and, in cases of severe stress, can even minimize lock jaw. Although this treatment for these conditions evidence indicates that it can be extremely effective.
How Does it Treat Jaw Tension and TMJ Disorder?
Located on both sides of the head at the point where the jawbone meets the skull, the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) is used during talking, eating, swallowing, and other everyday activities. If this joint becomes displaced or is overworked through excessive teeth grinding, a person may suffer severe tension headaches, as well as sharp pain in the jaw. It relieves jaw tension by making muscles unable to engage in the powerful, often unconscious movement of the jaw that produces headaches and pain.
This alternative treatment for TMJ disorders and jaw tension is usually quick, straightforward, and effective. A non-surgical procedure, injections are administered at our dental surgery. Most patients experience noticeable improvement within one or two days of their first treatment, although relief can take up to a week.
Areas Affected by TMJ Therapy
Only the areas injected with will be “relaxed.” treatment for TMJ therapy will not affect anywhere else in your body. The injections are mainly in the temporalis, frontalis and masseter areas (in red below) and additional sites may be injected with depending on the severity of the pain.
How long this Treatment Procedure?
The length of this treatment procedure depends on the number of injections needed as determined by the dentist. Still, it is reasonable for the treatment procedure to be completed within 10-30 minutes.
Is That Treatment Painful?
The pain associated with this TMJ Treatment procedure is due to the injections, but it is generally minimal and brief. Some patients have likened this injection pain unto a “bug bite” or “prick”. Pain from the injection can be reduced by numbing proposed injection sites with a cold pack or anesthetic cream.
What to Expect After This TMJ Treatment?
After this TMJ Treatment muscle tenderness will start to disappear almost immediately. There may be mild temporary bruising, numbness, or redness around the injection sites.
What is the Recovery from this Therapy for TMJ Treatment Like?
Because this Treatment procedure is non-surgical and non-invasive, it is highly likely that the patient can return to normal activities immediately. However, to avoid spreading the toxin to other muscles, patients should not rub or massage the area injected with it and remain upright for many hours. Physical activity should also be limited for 24 hours after.
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