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The Temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, allows you to open and close your mouth, speak, swallow and chew food. Dysfunction of the joint may result in symptoms like clicking and popping sounds, headaches, migraine headaches, neck and facial pain, locking of the jaw and ringing in the ears.
The TM joints are part of a large group of muscles, ligaments and bones that work together as a system. Because of this complex system a problem in one area can cause symptoms elsewhere. Many things can trigger TMJ disorder, such as trauma to the face, whiplash, bad posture, an uneven bite (malocclusion) where the teeth are not being able to properly support the jaw. This can occur from missing teeth, misaligned teeth, or back teeth that are too short.
When this condition is prolonged, the body begins to compensate by involving muscles in other areas such as the neck, throat, and upper and lower back, arms, etc. If you suffer from head, neck, or facial pain, Dr. Sarna may be able to help to relieve symptoms and restore optimum function.
As well, Dr. Sarna may utilize BOTOX®, a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to prevent headaches in adults with chronic migraines.
Botox of course is well known for its use in treatment of wrinkles and treating facial tics and spasms. Its tolerability and safety record for these uses are excellent.
The discovery of Botox for TMJ treatment of migraines was quite by accident. Several patients who were using Botox for injection of wrinkles also happened to have migraines. They reported improvement in their headaches following injection of Botox to their brow and forehead muscles.
Patients may require a set of 2-3 treatments before maximum benefit is seen. TMJ Treatments are spaced at 12 week intervals.
If you or someone you know has chronic headaches, neck and shoulder stiffness, ringing in the ears or even dizziness, speak with Dr. Sarna or any one of our Hawthorne Village Dental Care Team members today.