Botox Injections in Scottsdale, AZ
Botox is a common injectable treatment that is used for a wide range of procedures. You probably associate Botox with its use in improving the appearance of wrinkles, crow’s feet, and frown lines, but Botox can do much more than that. Scottsdale Dental and Facial Aesthetics provides professional Botox treatments administered by Dr. Todd Shatkin that can also help relieve TMJ pain.
What Is TMJ Pain?
TMJ pain refers to pain arising from issues with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This is the joint between the lower jawbone and the rest of the skull. It allows your lower jaw to move while eating and speaking, so it sees a lot of use every single day.
A variety of issues can arise with the TMJ, and such problems are often referred to as temporomandibular disorder (TMD). This is relatively common and can vary in severity. Research has shown that up to 5% of US adults suffer from TMJ pain at some time.
Some patients might experience occasional pain, while others suffer from chronic pain. You might also only experience pain when chewing or shortly afterward. There might be little more than an occasional soreness, but this still indicates that something is wrong.
TMD can cause a variety of symptoms. Many of them are common across a range of dental issues, so you should seek out a professional diagnosis to determine the cause of your symptoms. The team at Scottsdale Dental and Facial Aesthetics can carry out an evaluation to find out the cause of any kind of dental issue you’re experiencing.
Pain in the jaw is the most common symptom of TMJ dysfunction. Other symptoms of TMJ problems can include:
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Difficulty when opening your mouth
- Your jaw becomes locked open or closed
- Grinding or popping noises when moving your jaw
- Ringing in your ears
- Difficulty chewing
- Swelling of the affected area
- Tooth pain
- Changes in your bite
These are all good reasons to come to Scottsdale Dental and Facial Aesthetics and have Dr. Todd Shatkin take a closer look. We treat each of our patients with respect and strive to deliver personalized care. We’ll develop a treatment plan for you that meets your goals and takes any financial concerns into account.
What Causes TMJ Disorders?
Most temporomandibular disorders are related to inflammation in the surrounding muscle. This can arise from several different causes. One of the most common is frequent teeth grinding and clenching. This places additional stress on those muscles throughout the day and even overnight. Over a long time, this can lead to chronic pain.
The TMJ is a joint and can become dislocated. This can cause serious pain and could require a more serious intervention to correct. Arthritis can also affect the temporomandibular joint and lead to chronic pain and soreness.
TMJ pain can be due to an improper bite or other tooth misalignment issues. When this happens, your jaw isn’t able to rest in a comfortable position. This inflames the muscles around the joint, causing soreness and pain.
Scottsdale Dental and Facial Aesthetics can determine whether these underlying issues are causing your TMJ pain and provide you with a wide range of corrective options. We’ll find the right treatment plan to address your unique needs and help you achieve the highest level of oral health.
How Can Botox Help Relieve TMJ Pain?
Botox injections can relax the muscles associated with TMD, relieving the pain. This procedure is widely used by dentists across the country to deliver effective relief for their patients, along with other corrective measures for addressing the underlying causes of TMJ pain.
Botox has been used for a wide range of treatments since 1989. At that time, it was used to relax muscles around the eyes as a procedure to treat uncontrollable blinking. It has spread to many other uses since then, including its use as a cosmetic treatment and as a treatment for TMJ pain.
The Botox injection itself contains an appropriate dose of a neurotoxin derived from naturally occurring bacteria. When applied directly through an injection, this neurotoxin temporarily prevents muscle contraction in the treatment area. This is how it reduces wrinkles in cosmetic treatments and how it relieves pain in TMJ treatment.
Because the muscles are no longer tensing up under the stress of grinding or a misaligned bite, the inflammation can be calmed. Once the muscles are no longer inflamed, the pain should fade away as well. The treatment is safe and effective and won’t affect your ability to move your jaw during eating and speaking.
The team at Scottsdale Dental and Facial Aesthetics can tell you more about this Botox treatment and how it can help you. We can evaluate your condition to determine whether this is the right solution for relieving your TMJ pain and explore other treatment options.
Your Botox Treatment for TMJ Pain
If you come to Scottsdale Dental and Facial Aesthetics complaining of pain in your jaw and other TMD symptoms, the first step will be an assessment to determine whether TMD is the right diagnosis. We have the latest equipment and methods at our disposal to determine whether that or other issues are at play, including dental X-rays and other scanning techniques.
For patients who are suffering from TMD, we’ll develop a treatment plan that may include Botox. This can provide effective pain relief, but you may also have underlying issues that should be corrected through other dental or orthodontic procedures.
The Botox treatment itself is quick and comfortable. Dr. Todd Shatkin will carefully inject the Botox at several key points around the TMJ. This precise application is essential to achieving the best results. The entire session will last a half-hour or less.
At Scottsdale Dental and Facial Aesthetics, you’re getting this treatment from a trained medical professional. Your ongoing health is our top priority, as is your comfort. We apply our Botox treatment safely to ensure that you get the effective TMJ pain relief you came in for.
After Your Treatment
Botox is a safe and effective procedure for dealing with TMJ pain that has few related side effects. It’s important to avoid touching the injection sites for several hours following the treatment, as you could shift the Botox and decrease the effectiveness of the treatment. You should also avoid lying down during that time frame.
The Botox injections naturally break down and are disposed of by the body over the course of several months. Once pain or soreness being to return, you can come in for another treatment to maintain your TMJ pain relief. For most patients, this will be every three to four months.
Professional Botox Treatment in Scottsdale, AZ
If you’re concerned about jaw pain or other symptoms, you can reach out to Scottsdale Dental and Facial Aesthetics for a consultation today. Dr. Todd Shatkin has over 30 years of experience providing a wide range of dental procedures and can help with any issues you’re having.
We can develop a treatment plan that works for you as an individual, addressing your unique needs for the best possible outcome. At Scottsdale Dental and Facial Aesthetics, we can provide both Botox treatment for TMJ pain relief and other interventions to address the root causes of TMJ disorders.