Injection Therapy for TMJ Disorders

Injection Therapy for TMJ Disorders

Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, can often be misdiagnosed or go undiagnosed for a long time without a visit to our dentist near 77057. Symptoms include:

  • Headaches caused by teeth grinding at night
  • Lockjaw
  • Jaw discomfort when talking and chewing
  • Shoulder and neck pain
  • Jaw tension

Stress can exacerbate these symptoms and, while they may improve without treatment, letting TMJ go untreated can result in damage to the teeth, not to mention discomfort and even extreme pain.

Injection Treatment for TMJ

One treatment for TMJ is with the use of an injection commonly used for cosmetic purposes. This purified protein, when injected into the skin, hinders muscle activity, preventing and slowing down signs of aging such as lines. In addition to its cosmetic uses, chronic conditions such as a migraine, overactive bladder, and excessive sweating have responded well to this injection in terms of treatment and prevention. TMJ is another disorder that has seen benefits from this treatment at our dentistry in 77057.

Using this injection can help to release tension in the temporomandibular joint. This procedure can be completed in about 10 to 20 minutes (depending on how much is administered). There is no downtime needed, and regular activity can be resumed immediately following the injection. The result of it is up to three months of reduced jaw pain, fewer headaches, and a higher quality of life.

If you suffer from a TMJ disorder, visit our office soon to discuss this treatment option with your dentist in 77057.