Patients at Comfort Dental Spa are sometimes surprised when our providers offer suggestions to help them deal with jaw and neck pain, or migraine pain. However, we have a solution that may be appropriate for you.
A common cause of jaw pain is temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ disorder. Your temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your upper and lower jaw and allows you to chew.
When something goes wrong with your TMJ, the result can include the following:
- Jaw pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Pain in your ears
- Problems opening your mouth
- A clicking sound when you chew
- Locking of your jaw
Another common symptom is grinding your teeth (bruxism), although teeth grinding can happen even if you don’t have TMJ disorder.
A surprising treatment
You may be surprised to learn that Botox® can be an effective treatment for TMJ disorders. Botox, or botulinum toxin A, is most often used as a treatment for wrinkles, but it is also effective in treating other issues as well. Botox works by stopping signals along specific nerves, so if you have TMJ, it can stop the signals that tell the muscles in your jaw to tense up giving you some relief.
Our team at Comfort Dental Spa designs a treatment plan to address your individual issues. We may suggest other treatments to use in conjunction with Botox injections as well. For example, you may need some physical therapy, medication, a mouth guard, or other therapies to treat your issue.
We can help with migraine pain, too
Botox injections are also an appropriate treatment for migraine pain in some people as well. You may not think about going to the dentist for migraine treatment, but if it’s a problem you have, discuss it with our team at Comfort Dental Spa.
Botox works to stop migraine pain in the same way it works to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and to ease symptoms of TMJ disorder, except instead of stopping muscles from contracting, it stops the pain signals involved in migraine headaches.
Usually Botox is used as a migraine treatment in people who experience migraine 15 or more days per month. It sometimes takes a few injections before you feel the full benefit, and like Botox for treating TMJ disorder, it may be used in conjunction with other therapies to help you reach maximum relief.
What to expect
Whether you get botox injections for TMJ disorder or migraine, the procedure is similar. Appointments only take about 20 minutes, and you won’t feel any pain. You can return to your normal daily activities immediately, although it’s best to wait 24 hours before vigorous physical activity.
If you’d like to learn more about Botox injections for pain, our providers are happy to answer your questions. Your situation is unique, and it’s always helpful to talk to an expert in the context of your individual health.
Our office is open Monday through Saturday, and you can schedule easily using our online tool, or you’re welcome to call 248-474-6434 and we’ll be glad to book your appointment.