Did you know that approximately 10 million Americans suffer from Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)? These conditions cause pain and discomfort in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles .
3 Reasons For Jaw Discomfort causing TMD
1. Pain in the muscles around the jaw joint. The Temporomandibular Joint is the only joint in the body that relies on the surrounding muscles for it’s position. This is the most commonly see reason for symptoms associated with TMD. It can be induced by stress, changes in hormones, and dietary changes.
2. Arthritis of the jaw joint.
3. Internal derangement of the joint including disc displacement and joint dislocation.
Consult with our Highlands Ranch dentist, Dr. DeLapp and Dr. Parsons to discuss the cause of your discomfort and best treatment options available to you.
In addition to traditional orthothic (splint) therapy, BOTOX can be prescribes as part of treatment therapy to relax the muscles around the jaw joint (I.e. so they don’t contract as hard) and provide relief to your joint. This has been a very effective means to help those who suffer from TMD.
BOTOX injections usually take effect within 2-10 days of injection and can last up to 3 months. Bruising and swelling are common side affects associated with treatment.
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