TMJ Disorders

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull and there is one on each side of your jaw. When the joint is damaged or injured, it can result in pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control your jaw’s movement. This is a type of temporomandibular disorder (TMD) or TMJ syndrome. 

The cause of TMJ disorders can be difficult to determine, as the pain can be a result of a combination of problems, including genetics, arthritis, or jaw injury. In addition, many people who experience jaw pain may clench or grind their teeth, which is referred to as bruxism. However, some people have the tendency of clenching or grinding their teeth and do not experience TMJ disorders. 

The discomfort and pain associated with TMJ disorders is often temporary and can be relieved with home remedies, such as ice packs, massaging or gentle stretching of the jaw, over-the-counter medication. However, if any of these remedies have not helped, then Botox is helpful or surgical treatments for more severe cases.

Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorders

TMJ disorders can involve the following signs and symptoms:

  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw clicking and popping
  • Ear pain/earache
  • Popping sounds in the ears
  • Headaches
  • Stiff or sore jaw
  • Pain in the temple area
  • Tetanus (lockjaw)
  • Pain that feels like a toothache
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Muscle spasms in the jaw 

What Causes TMJ Disorders?

There are many potential causes of TMJ disorders, including:

  • Misalignment
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Poor posture
  • Anxiety or stress
  • Arthritis or other inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders
  • Braces
  • Excessive gum chewing

When to See a Dentist Or Oral Surgeon

You should contact our team at the Oral Surgery Center if you have persistent pain or tenderness in your jaw area. In addition, if you are unable to open or close your jaw completely, you should contact our team. At the Oral Surgery Center, our dentist specializes in TMJ disorders in Beverly Hills. We are here to help and discuss possible causes and treatments for your problem. 

Botox For TMJ Disorders

Botox, which is a neurotoxin protein, may help treat patients who suffer from TMJ disorders. If at-home remedies have not worked, then Botox is an option that you may benefit from. Botox treatment is quick and is a non-surgical outpatient treatment. Each treatment takes up to 10-30 minutes. Depending on your symptoms and the severity, Botox may be injected into your forehead, temple, or jaw muscles, or a combination. Improvement can be felt within a day or two; however, it may take up to a week to experience full results. Here are some of the symptoms of TMJ disorder that Botox may help with:

  • Jaw tension
  • Headaches due to teeth grinding
  • Tetanus (lockjaw)

Contact Us For TMJ Disorder Treatment in Los Angeles

Our team has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders. We understand that the pain and discomfort can become a true hindrance in one's life, and it is essential that you seek treatment so you no longer have to deal with the negative symptoms. If you are in need of a dentist who specializes in treating TMJ disorders, contact our team today for treatment. We will discuss the different treatments and determine what is best for you.

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