Treating TMJ Pain: Botox or Nightguards?

TMD (Temporal Mandibular Dysfunction) is the 2nd most common musculoskeletal pain following low back pain. About 33% of the population has at least one TMD symptom which include migraine headaches, neck pain, earaches, and even difficulty opening and closing the mouth. The main cause is excessive strain on the jaw joints and the muscle group surrounding it. This strain is a result of bruxism which is the habitual, involuntary clenching or grinding of the teeth. The problem is that it can cause permanent displacement of the TMJ disc (like back disc herniation) and might need surgery when severe. 
 
Nightguard is a dental device that is worn while sleeping to protect the teeth from grinding and clenching. Not only it protects the teeth from cracks and cold sensitivity, but also helps position the jaw and muscles at rest to relieve strain on TMJ. Night guard made at our office is customized by measuring each patient’s jaw resting position. Also, the night guard should be a hard type instead of a soft rubberish type. Soft rubberish types can cause more clenching and make the symptom worse. In our office, we fabricate hard night guards using a 3-d printer to make an accurate and comfortable fit for our patients. 

Botox can be another treatment option for TMJ disorder. While commonly known for its cosmetic use, Botox has also been proven effective for treating TMJ disorder. Botox is injected into the jaw muscles to reduce the mass, tension and spasms of the muscles that contribute to TMJ disorder. This treatment can alleviate pain and discomfort, and even improve jaw mobility. 

So why choose one treatment over the other? The truth is, Night Guard and Botox together work most efficiently to provide the most effective treatment for TMJ disorder. Night Guard protects your teeth while reducing the pressure on your jaw muscles, while Botox reduces muscle mass, tension and spasms. Combining these treatments can provide the best possible outcome for TMJ disorder. 

At Madison Dental Loft, we are offering a special promotion for Nightguard and Botox treatment. Do not suffer from TMJ disorder nor sensitive teeth any longer. Contact our office today to learn more about our promotion and how we can help you find relief from the symptoms of TMJ.

Author
Katherine S.

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