What is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a sliding, hinge-like joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. When patients feel pain, clicking, or locking in these joints, medical professionals categorize this condition as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD).
Is TMJ treatment necessary?
TMD affects everyone differently. For some, temporomandibular joint dysfunction resolves on its own. For others, TMD worsens when ignored. So, if you notice jaw soreness or popping, we strongly suggest listening to a professional opinion based on your alignment and needs.
Just like the individuals with the condition, the most suitable way to manage symptoms of TMJ disorder is unique. While a good place to start is non-invasive TMJ exercise, more extensive measures might be needed.
At Local Dental, we offer two proven primary temporomandibular joint dysfunction therapies designed to alleviate TMJ pain and symptoms:
TMJ Mouth Guard
TMJ mouthguards are mouthpieces that fit over the upper or lower teeth. When worn, mouth guards correct the bite by placing your jaw in a more favorable position.
Also, mouthguards are effective bruxism treatment (habitual teeth grinding) by providing an additional cushion between the upper and lower teeth. In many cases, uncorrected bruxism leads to TMD.
Generally, we offer splints and night guards– which are similar in most ways except when they are worn. Night guards are worn at night, and splints are typically worn during the day.
While BOTOX is famously used for cosmetic purposes, some dentists enjoy this treatment for therapeutic purposes.
BOTOX relaxes facial muscles, reduces muscle mass, and diminishes inflammation, which is often precisely what those suffering from TMD need!
When intentionally injected into tightly wound jaw muscles, teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and TMJ pain can cease for months.
Treatment Expectations BOTOX
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Drs. Joung and Minkyoung Lee can help you regain control of your comfort and jaw health. Schedule a consultation for TMJ treatment through our online booking or conveniently call (210) 686-1486. The San Antonio community can trust the Local Dental team to keep individuals and families healthy, happy, and feeling at home.