If you are experiencing jaw pain and discomfort, you may have temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. TMD can be painful enough to interfere with your day-to-day life, so it’s important to get help from an experienced dentist like Dr. Jessica Kim. At Urban Dental in San Diego, we specialize in treating TMD with Botox therapy, an innovative technique with exceptional results.
TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint which is a small, delicate joint that connect the jaw to the skull, and is located just below the ears. TMD, which refers to the disorder of the joint, occurs when it becomes damaged or inflamed, and no longer functions properly.
This can occur due to a number of reasons, such as jaw overuse (chewing too much gum, for example), trauma to the joint from an accident, or even as a result of some kinds of inflammatory diseases like arthritis.
TMD can cause a number of painful symptoms, making it difficult to chew or even speak properly, so it’s important to get help right away if you’re experiencing jaw pain of any kind.
Depending on the extent of your TMD, you may notice a wide variety of signs and symptoms. This can include jaw pain, stiffness, and soreness, as well as difficulty opening your mouth all the way. You may also experience “clicking” or “popping” noises when opening and closing your jaw in addition to aches and pain around your ears.
If you recognize one or more of these symptoms, you may have a form of TMD, and should see an experienced professional like Dr. Jessica Kim to get the help you need in Downtown San Diego.
In some cases, Botox can be used to treat TMD, and Dr. Kim specializes in this treatment. Often used in cosmetic treatment, Botox works by selectively paralyzing muscles in the face, which smooths out wrinkles and facial lines.
When used for TMD, Botox works according to the same principles. It relaxes and paralyzes some of your jaw muscles, which helps reduce the symptoms associated with TMD caused by jaw tension and teeth grinding, and can also prevent lockjaw. TMD treatment with Botox isn’t right for all patients, but get in touch with us today at (619) 696-0510 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at Urban Dental.