Refresh Dental is a provider of Botulinum Toxin A for TMJ Disorder, or TMD
Here at Refresh Dental in Brisbane, we can treat your TMJ Disorder or TMD with Botulinum Toxin A which is a muscle relaxant that can treat tension. One of the leading causes for TMJ Disorder is stress of the muscles, which can be induced by mental stress. Lots of people clench their jaw when they’re stressed or as a habit, grinding is also a symptom of stress which is often a habit which occurs while you sleep. This causes a lot of tension in the temporomandibular joint which is responsible for chewing and speaking and general mouth function.
What is TMJ disorder?
TMJ Disorder or TMD is a condition which affects the ball and socket joint which operates your jaw. It is made up of a disk, ligament and bone. The disk will slide forward as the jaw opens, also guiding the lower jaw to slide forward and stretch the ligament. All of these components must work in harmony in order for the jaw to work comfortably. If your jaw is not working properly then you may hear clicking sounds, experience pain and discomfort. If you do experience any of these jaw symptoms then it’s important to contact your dentist at Refresh Dental. Jaw pain can also extend to other parts of the body including the neck, head (cranium) and whole face.
An extended list of symptoms includes:
- Neck pain or muscular aches
- Problems sleeping comfortably
- Cheek Biting
- Tenderness in the jaw and face
During your dental appointment with Refresh Dental it’s important that you relay any symptoms which you feel may be connected to your issue, and even problems which may not be connected. This will help either Dr Caithness or Dr Cain have a broad view of your condition and all underlying problems or potential causes. Full knowledge of your lifestyle as well as in-depth oral evaluation will allow us to prescribe the best treatment for your condition.
What treatments are offered for TMJ Dysfunction?
Here at Refresh Dental we offer Botulinum Toxin A and oral appliance therapy to treat TMD. Oral appliance therapy helps to position the jaw in the right way, as well as decrease bruxism (grinding) which can also contribute to TMD. These devices are sometimes called splints, night splints or night guards. These look much like mouthguards although they are specially designed for the treatment of TMJ Disorder and other oral issues.
How does Botulinum Toxin A treatment for TMD work?
Botulinum Toxin A blocks the release of neurotransmitters which are responsible for instigating movement of the joints and muscles. The treatment is generally used when the muscle (masseter muscle in the jaw) is spasming. Here at Refresh Dental we strategically place Botulinum Toxin A in the TMJ muscle so that muscle contraction can be stopped and controlled. With the use of muscle relaxants some patients can achieve a significant decrease in the amount of pain they experience. The paralysis of the muscle caused by the relaxant usually last for three months.
Book an appointment with us today to find out if our TMD/TMJ Disorder treatment is suitable for you.