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TMJ Therapy – Plano, TX

Relieve Jaw Pain & Restore Oral Function

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If you suffer from frequent jaw pain, it may stem from your TMJ or temporomandibular joints. These are the joints in your jaw that are in front of your ears and enable it to move fluidly when you are eating or speaking. Temporomandibular disorders, or TMD, may refer to a variety of issues with the jaw that can cause you pain and discomfort. We offer TMJ therapy in Plano, TX to relieve jaw pain and restore your full range of function. 

Diagnosis & Treatment

TMJ pain can lead to a variety of symptoms, such as:

  • Pain or soreness in your jaw and face
  • Problems trying to open or close your mouth
  • Jaws that can become stuck
  • Constant clicking or popping when moving your jaw
  • Swelling around the joints

The causes of TMD can stem from nighttime teeth grinding (or bruxism), injury to the joint, arthritis, or stress. In order to diagnose a TMD, Dr. Kamali will perform an examination where she checks your jaw for pain or tenderness while it is in certain positions. She will also test how your bite fits together and may take a set of full face x-rays to rule out other possible issues.

 A TMD can be treated with relaxation techniques, physical therapy, or even surgery. However, one of the simplest ways to treat TMJ pain is with a nightguard.

Occlusal Splints

An occlusal splint (also known as a nightguard) is a small plastic oral appliance that is meant to help shift your jaw into a more comfortable position and allow the muscles to rest. They also help provide a barrier between your teeth to help prevent nighttime teeth grinding. You would wear the nightguard only when you go to bed. The nightguards from Parkway Vista Dental are custom made for each patient assuring they are both comfortable and effective. Common store-bought nightguards often come in only one size, which may make them ineffective or even damaging to patients. Our nightguards are small, easy to use, and have been shown to help relieve TMJ pain in patients that consistently use them.   

If you are suffering from frequent TMJ pain, don’t hesitate to call us today so we can start helping you.

BOTOX® for TMJ Treatment

a woman in Plano experiencing TMJ disorder

Patients who struggle with TMJ disorder typically experience pain and aching around their jaw and the associated muscle joints. Without treatment, this can begin to negatively affect their everyday life, making multiple tasks more challenging, such as eating, talking, and feeling comfortable. Fortunately, Dr. Kamali can effectively help alleviate and treat TMJ disorders with BOTOX! With these injections, she can reliably loosen and relax tense muscles around your joints, relieving pain and giving them time to recuperate over a few months.

What Is BOTOX?

a woman in Plano experiencing TMJ disorder

BOTOX medication utilizes a diluted bacteria called botulinum toxin, which is designed to help relax or loosen muscles. You’ll first need to visit Dr. Kamali for a consultation to determine the number of injections that you’ll need. During your appointment, she’ll review your history of TMJ disorder and the symptoms most affecting you, and create a detailed treatment plan to address the issue.

In many instances, BOTOX injections for TMJ treatment can be finished within 20-30 minutes, each injection taking a moment to perform. You should usually expect your results to kick in around 5 to 10 days and last for three to four months based on your body’s reaction to the substance. Afterward, you’ll be sent on your way to continue your daily schedule.

Are You a Good Candidate for BOTOX for TMJ Treatment?

a patient asking her dentist about BOTOX for TMJ treatment

BOTOX can be an incredibly helpful treatment for patients who are struggling with muscle spasms, jaw tension, and pain in the face due to strained joints and muscles. Though this procedure can provide temporary relief so that you can enjoy a more comfortable smile, it won’t specifically treat the underlying issue causing TMJ.

Our team generally offers BOTOX for TMJ treatments for those who experience the following symptoms:

  • Jaw discomfort and tenderness
  • Limited mobility of the jaw, such as lockjaw
  • Trouble or difficulty chewing food
  • Earaches or ringing in the ears

How Can BOTOX Treat TMJ Disorder?

a woman smiling after getting BOTOX for TMJ treatment

By using BOTOX for TMJ disorders, we can effectively reduce pain in your oral movements for a few months. Furthermore, a recent study found that this method can improve around 90% of patient’s symptoms. Injections in the muscles around the jaw joints can help alleviate problems like headaches and severe bruxism while also promoting improved quality of sleep.