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It can become a major distraction when every time you open or close your mouth you hear a clicking sound or feel your jaw adjusting. This is a common finding but when there is pain or difficulty opening the mouth it is called TMJ/TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder. This condition, which affects about 15 percent of Americans according to the American Dental Association. Find out the various signs of this disorder and relax knowing that treatment options are available at Dr. Steven Syrop’s dentist office in New York, NY.
What Is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ or TMD is a disorder that affects the jaw joints or the muscles attached to the jaws. It can become very painful. It can be caused by an injury, bruxism (grinding or clenching the teeth too much), or a predisposition to arthritic conditions. In some cases, patients experience a locked jaw, where they can’t open or close their mouths.
Signs of TMJ/TMD
Your New York dentist can definitively diagnose whether your jaw problem is related to TMJ. Here are some signs that should prompt you to visit Dr. Syrop's office for a consultation:
- Clicking and popping sounds when you’re chewing your food or talking.
- Resistance when trying to open your mouth wide.
- Pain in the cheeks or in front of the ears (where the upper and lower jaw meet).
- Headaches especially in the morning upon wakening.
The best treatment for TMJ disorder will depend on the extent of your symptoms and other factors. Here are a few possible treatment options:
- Ice therapy to reduce swelling or heat therapy for pain relief.
- Mouthguards (particularly worn at night) to prevent tooth grinding.
- Jaw exercises.
- Muscle relaxants or anti-inflammatory medications.
- Botox to relax facial muscles and reduce pain
No More Jaw Pain and Discomfort
If you’re tired of having pain when you eat or talk, and you want relief from TMJ/TMD. Call (212) 969-9166 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Steven Syrop at his office in New York, NY or in his Westchester NY office in Briarcliff Manor.
Experience jaw pain relief with help from Botox treatment.
Has our Manhattan and Westchester, dentist Dr. Steven Syrop told you that your jaw pain is due to TMJ disorder? Do you grind your teeth or clench your jaw? If so, you may be wondering how to alleviate your discomfort and other related symptoms such as tension headaches. While most people think that Botox is only designed to smooth away wrinkles, this simple injectable can actually treat a variety of non-cosmetic conditions. In fact, Botox could be exactly what you need to alleviate jaw tension.
What is TMJ disorder?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, and TMJ disorder refers to the jaw joint and the muscles attached to the jaw. Often times the jaw joints and jaw muscles are overworked or displaced, which can lead to jaw pain and stiffness, as well as limited range of motion and headaches.
While some people may turn to pain relievers to temporarily alleviate their discomfort, if you are looking for a non-surgical way to treat your jaw tension and pain then Botox may be right for you.
How does Botox alleviate jaw pain?
Botox is a medical-grade, purified form of botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin that temporarily reduces muscle contractions. As you might imagine, when these injections are administered into certain areas of the face it can reduce tension, stiffness and pain from overworked and stressed jaw muscles.
What is the Botox procedure like?
Getting Botox treatment is fast and simple. The length of your treatment will depend on how many Botox injections you will receive. This is something that we will discuss with you during your consultation. Botox treatment can take anywhere from 10 minutes to 30 minutes to complete.
Will Botox hurt?
Botox only causes a very slight burning or stinging sensation when administered and the discomfort is brief. As we mentioned above, patients who are a little nervous about getting injections or have a low pain tolerance may ask for a topical anesthesia or an ice pack to apply to the treatment area prior to getting Botox.
When will I notice results?
You should notice tension-reducing effects after your first botox session, however it will take 2 to 3 days to see the first signs of the treatment. You will continue to see improvements for several weeks. The effects of Botox can last between 3 and 6 months.
If you are dealing with jaw or facial pain due to TMJ disorder or teeth grinding, then our Manhattan and Westchester dental offices can help you get the relief you need. Find out if Botox treatment for TMJ and facial pain is right for you.