Do I Have TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder is to blame for the painful symptoms that millions of Americans are experiencing daily. TMJ disorder stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. When this jaw joint becomes affected, the muscles around the area will begin to overwork themselves.
If you suspect you may be suffering from TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, keep an eye out for the following symptoms:
- Frequent migraines or headaches
- Buzzing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Facial pain or exhaustion
- Pain in the neck, shoulders, or back
- Difficulty chewing
- Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw
When you suffer from these symptoms regularly, you cannot do your best work or be your happiest self. If you are having chronic pains or headaches, come see Dr. Cummins for an assessment.
One of the most successful treatments for TMD is Botox therapy. Botox injections freeze the overworked muscles surrounding the TMJ. When the muscles find relief from the constant tension, your symptoms will fade and eventually disappear.
Botox injections should be redone once every three months. After several treatments, the muscles may learn to remain relaxed even without Botox. In addition, there is a bonus when it comes to Botox therapy: a smoother, more youthful face.
At Prospect Dental Care, we offer custom-built TMJ appliances to our patients who are diagnosed with TMD. These appliances work just like a mouthguard and are worn each night. These custom-made appliances will prevent you from clenching the jaw throughout the night, which will relax the muscles. They are easy to wear, transport, and care for.
You deserve to feel complete comfort every day. When you are relaxed and pain-free, you can have a more productive and enjoyable life. We love to improve the quality of our patients’ lives by managing their TMJ pain. Call Prospect today to set up your appointment.