TMJ Treatment With Botox in Mesa, AZ
Your jaw is responsible for how you talk to others and chew your food. When the muscles in your jaw become stiff and cause you pain, your ability to perform these everyday tasks may be hindered. An injured temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often the cause for this jaw pain and it can lead to a painful condition called temporomandibular disorder (TMD).
Causes of TMD
TMD can be caused by physical trauma or stress. For example, hitting your head or experiencing whiplash can cause your TMJ to become sore or injured.
Teeth grinding and clenching, also known as bruxism, can cause TMD as well. Excessive amounts of stress and sleep disorders can make you grind your teeth together, especially at night, putting pressure on your jaw joints.
Symptoms of TMD
Every patient is unique, so your TMD symptoms may vary. Without treatment, the condition can become extremely painful or uncomfortable.
Symptoms of TMD include:
- Jaw pain and swelling
- Facial muscle stiffness
- Headaches and earaches
- Popping sounds while moving your jaw
- Trouble chewing or talking
- Ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
Botox Can Help
If you’re suffering from extreme TMJ pain, Dr. Hatch may recommend Botox as a way to treat your TMD. This is a naturally occurring neurotoxin found in the environment and it’s becoming a popular method for relieving sore muscles and headaches.
During your consultation, Dr. Hatch will evaluate your condition and determine if you’re a candidate for botox. If you are, he’ll determine the right dosage to give you based on the severity of your pain and your body weight.
Botox is an effective treatment method because it’s non-surgical and fast-acting. Dr. Hatch simply injects the correct dosage into the areas experiencing tension. The Botox blocks nerve signals, relieving pain and minimizing the unconscious teeth grinding that causes TMD.
Contact Dr. Hatch for Advanced TMJ Care
If TMD is affecting your life, Dr. Hatch will help you find relief. Contact us at (480) 525-6000 to learn more about treating your TMJ pain with Botox.