The temporomandibular joint (called the TMJ) is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. It works like a sliding hinge and allows you to open and close your mouth. If you develop an issue with this joint (called a temporomandibular disorder, or TMD), it can cause pain in your jaw and the muscles that control jaw movement.
The exact cause of TMJ/TMD is often difficult to determine and varies patient to patient. These disorders may be due to injury, arthritis, teeth grinding, or habitually clenching the jaw. Symptoms of TMJ/TMD include:
Our team offers medicated injections to help treat TMJ/TMD symptoms. We use a medically safe neurotoxin protein injection. This injection has many popular cosmetic applications, but it can also be used to improve symptoms of TMJ disorder, headaches, migraines, and teeth grinding.
Neuromodulators such as these are injected into the muscles where you experience chronic discomfort. As a result, these movements are suppressed and provide much-needed relief, which oftentimes, can last a few months at a time. If you find that your current nightguard or other treatments are not meeting your expectations, contact us for a consultation to see if facial injection treatment is right for you.
Our doctors use injections to treat:
During your procedure, your dentist will inject the medication into your forehead, temple, and jaw muscles. Facial injections are safe, effective, and virtually painless. The treatment sessions are performed in-office and take between 10-30 minutes to complete. Your dentist will determine how many injections are required based on your case and overall treatment needs.
Once the injections have been made, you can expect improvement of your jaw function and a reduction of pain within 1-2 days. Many patients find their symptoms are fully relieved within a week or less.