Understanding Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain and tension
What causes temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain? Well, it can be several different things. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located on both sides of the head at the point where the jawbone meets the skull. The temporomandibular joint is used during talking, eating, swallowing, and other everyday activities. Triggers can range from jaw injuries to various types of arthritis. However, teeth grinding is generally the commonly reported behavior from those who suffer. And it could occur whether you’re sleeping or awake. As a result, if the TMJ becomes displaced or is overworked, a person may suffer severe tension headaches and sharp pain in the jaw.
Can Dysport® treatments solve your pain symptoms? Yes, it can. And now, Glenora Dental offers Dysport® for therapeutic and cosmetic treatments with Dr. VandenBrink! We provide temporomandibular joint treatment injections in our clinic. Known as an alternative to Botox®, Dysport® treatments are used in dental offices as an alternate treatment for wrinkles and fine lines. It also targets more troublesome maladies such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction and muscle pain. Aditionally, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction symptoms may include headache, clenching/grinding and sleep bruxism. Treatment effects are long-lasting and noticeable results are observable in a shorter time.
How Dysport® injection treatments work
Patients who have received Dysport® treatments experienced significant improvements in pain, function, ability to open their mouth and levels of tenderness to palpation. All in all, Dysport® relieves jaw tension by making muscles unable to engage in the powerful, often unconscious movement of the jaw that produces headaches and pain. Dysport® acts as a blocking agent, decreasing muscle movement and allowing the muscles to relax.
How Dysport® treats temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
Dysport® is injected into the temporalis, frontal and masseter muscles. Dysport® injections take only 10 to 20 minutes, and you may start to feel relief around one to two weeks post-treatment. The effects of treatment last for approximately five months. Therefore, Dysport® TMJ treatments must be repeated depending on the patient. If you have TMJ and it‘s determined that you are a good candidate for this treatment, how often you’ll need to receive Dysport® treatments to relieve symptoms will depend on the severity of your condition.
Risks and benefits of Dysport® treatment
There are many benefits of Dysport® for temporomandibular joint pain treatment. For people suffering from soreness and pain resulting from problems with the temporomandibular joint, Dysport® injections often provide substantial relief. While reducing the ability of facial muscles to engage in problematic grinding, Dysport® allows them to perform daily activities such as talking, chewing, and swallowing. This makes the Dysport® alternative treatment for jaw tension a convenient, effective option for many people. In addition, the treatment can help safeguard dental health since excessive grinding can result in worn-down teeth and damaged gums that may require costly treatment.
While Dysport® treatment for TMJ disorders appears to be safe, certain medications, intoxicants, and other substances can minimize or negatively impact the effectiveness of Dysport® injections. For this reason, patients should honestly disclose any medication or substance use before treatment.
Although complications are rare, in some cases, patients have experienced headaches, bruising and bleeding at injection sites or excessive paralysis of the muscles in the areas treated.
Costs of Dysport® treatment
Dysport® temporomandibular joint pain treatment injection costs will vary based on the severity of your condition and how many Dysport® injections are needed. Treatment is charged on a per-visit basis.
During your consultation, Dr. VandenBrink will discuss your options and determine whether you are a candidate to receive Dysport® TMJ treatment.
Glenora Dental is ready to assist you with your questions regarding Dysport® TMJ treatment. Contact us today for more information or to book an appointment at 780-452-5700.
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Dr. John VandenBrink
Tel: (780) 452-5700
10534 124 St. NW #112