How Botox can help alleviate TMJ/TMD concerns

Patients of Red Hill, Victoria, who have been diagnosed with TMJ/TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) may find themselves dealing daily with the pesky symptoms. From lockjaw to radiating pain, this condition can affect one’s life dramatically. Fortunately, there are affordable treatment options for these individuals to consider. Drs. Chris Wooldridge, Emma Barnsley, and Paul Gleeson at Red Hill Dental Practice work with patients in the community who have been diagnosed with this condition and may suggest treatment solutions such as Botox injections.

What is Botox, and how does it alleviate TMJ/TMD symptoms?

Botox is a type of neuromodulator that is placed into specific facial muscles. It works by blocking certain nerve signals to the muscles and preventing them from contracting. This relieves tension in areas around the jaw, which can help alleviate symptoms associated with TMJ/TMD, clenching or overloading of the teeth, muscles and joints.

Patients seeking treatment for TMJ will find Botox to be a non-invasive solution that can provide them with relief for months before reinjection is needed. Botox can offer patients an alternative to using an oral appliance or taking pain medication daily to manage their discomfort and the symptoms of this condition. 

What are the symptoms of TMJ/TMD?

Do you wonder if you could benefit from Botox? Have you considered that you might be dealing with temporomandibular joint disorder but have yet to get a definitive diagnosis? Below are some of the more common symptoms seen in patients with TMJ/TMD:

  • Difficulty opening and closing the jaw
  • Pain in the face or neck
  • Sensitivity of the jaw area
  • Muscle spasms in the cheek, jaw, or neck areas
  • Radiating pain to other parts of the body, such as ears and head
  • Clicking or popping sounds when moving your mouth or chewing food
  • Chipping or cracked teeth

Learn more about Botox injections for TMJ/TMD

If you have been told you have TMJ/TMD and want to speak to our team about the advantages of Botox injections for treatment, call (03) 5907 5942 to request a visit at 135 Shoreham Road in Red Hill, VIC. The practice is open to new patients seeking comprehensive dental care and solutions for associated conditions.  We are proud to serve the Mornington Peninsula; Red Hill, Red Hill South, Shoreham, Arthurs Seat, Main Ridge, Point Leo, Merricks, Merricks North, Somers, Tuerong, Boneo, Flinders, Cape Schanck, McCrae, Sorrento, Portsea, St Andrews, St Andrews Beach, Balnarring, Balnarring Beach, Blairgowrie, Fingal, Dromana, Moorooduc, Safety Beach, Mount Martha, Capel Sound, Tyabb, Tootgarook, Crib Point, Cerberus, Hastings, Rosebud, Rye, Mornington, Frankston South and Mornington