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TMJ Treatments with Botox


3D rendered xray of a skull with the TMJ highlightedAs a cutting-edge practice, we here at Westwood Periodontics stay up-to-date with the lastest and most effective treatments available today. When it comes to treatments for TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders, Botox may be the solution best for you.

TMJ disorders encompass a range of problems associated with the jaw joint and chewing muscles. Managing these issues requires a combination of expertise and innovative solutions, which is where our practice excels. Do you have issues with your jaw? Keep reading.

Understanding TMJ Disorders



TMJ disorders can manifest in various ways, including jaw pain, difficulty in chewing, clicking or locking of the jaw, and even chronic headaches. These symptoms can significantly impact daily life, making effective treatment crucial.

Causes of TMJ Disorders


TMJ disorders can be caused by several factors, including:
Bruxism (Teeth Grinding or Clenching): Putting extra pressure on the TMJ.

Arthritis in the Jaw Joint: Leading to deterioration of the joint.

Stress: Often leads to habits that strain the jaw muscles and joints, such as clenching.

Jaw Injury: Can affect the alignment or functioning of the jaw joint.

How Botox Treatment Works for TMJ


Botox, a neurotoxin known for its cosmetic use, is also an effective treatment for TMJ disorders. When injected into facial muscles afflicted with soreness and discomfort, Botox relieves TMJ symptoms by relaxing these muscles, thereby reducing pain and improving function.

Why Should I Consider Botox for My TMJ Disorder?


Using Botox as a treatment for TMJ disorders has several benefits, including:

Reduces Jaw Tension: Alleviates the tension in the jaw muscles, providing relief from pain and discomfort.

Minimizes Headaches Caused by Bruxism: Helps in reducing the frequency and intensity of headaches.

Improves Quality of Life: Patients often experience an overall improvement in their ability to chew, speak, and sleep.

The Botox Procedure


Consultation and Evaluation: Dr. Gupta conducts a thorough assessment to determine your suitability of Botox treatment.

Treatment Session: The procedure involves precise Botox injections in targeted areas, which is quick and minimally invasive.

Custom Mouthguards for TMJ


Custom-fitted mouthguards are another effective treatment for TMJ disorders. They work by providing a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, reducing the strain on the jaw joints and muscles, particularly in cases of bruxism.

Benefits of Custom Mouthguards


Prevents Teeth Grinding: Protects teeth from the effects of grinding and clenching.

Alleviates Jaw Strain: Reduces the strain on the TMJ by distributing bite forces evenly.

Custom Fit: Unlike over-the-counter options, custom mouthguards are tailored to fit the unique contours of each patient's mouth, ensuring comfort and effectiveness.

Creating and Fitting Custom Mouthguards


Impressions and Fabrication: Impressions of the patient’s teeth are taken to create a mouthguard that fits precisely.

Fitting Appointment: The mouthguard is adjusted for optimal comfort and effectiveness.

What’s the Right TMJ Treatment for Me?


Determining the most suitable treatment for TMJ disorders involves:

Assessing Symptoms and Severity: Dr. Gupta evaluates the severity of symptoms and the impact on the patient’s quality of life.

Reviewing Medical and Dental History: Understanding the patient’s overall health and dental history is crucial in selecting the appropriate treatment.

Considering Lifestyle Factors: Factors such as stress levels and daily routines are considered when recommending treatment options.

Complementary Treatments and Lifestyle Changes


In addition to Botox and mouthguards, lifestyle modifications can play a significant role in managing TMJ disorders:

Stress Management Techniques: Techniques like meditation and yoga can help in reducing habits like clenching that contribute to TMJ pain.

Physical Therapy: Exercises and therapies to strengthen jaw muscles and improve joint function.

Schedule Your Appointment


Whether you opt for Botox therapy or a custom mouthguard to help alliviate your TMJ symptoms, our practice can help. Call 201-664-3023 to schedule a consultation and find out which treatment is right for you!

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