TMJ and Pain

TMJ and Pain

TMJ AND PAIN

TMJ AND PAIN

WHAT IS TMJ?

THE TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT OR “TMJ” IS A JAW JOINT THAT CONNECTS THE LOWER JAW TO THE SKULL. Trauma from a heavy bite or biting muscles that are too strong will cause strain on that join which might lead to temporomandibular joint disorders (TMDs). One of the most common symptoms of TMD is facial pain which can be either acute or chronic. The pain may affect a generalized or wide area or occur only in one specific area on your face. TMD causes pain and tenderness due to pressing or palpitating on the muscle of mastication and the joint itself. TMJ also causes severe headaches, jaw pain of varying degrees, grinding teeth, and an intermittent ringing in the ears That being said, the only way to truly understand the cause of TMD-related pain is to see the dentist who is specially trained to identify and treat TMJ disorder in Orinda and here at Dion Health you can make it happen.

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WHAT IS TMJ?

THE TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT OR “TMJ” IS A JAW JOINT THAT CONNECTS THE LOWER JAW TO THE SKULL. Trauma from a heavy bite or biting muscles that are too strong will cause strain on that join which might lead to temporomandibular joint disorders (TMDs). One of the most common symptoms of TMD is facial pain which can be either acute or chronic. The pain may affect a generalized or wide area or occur only in one specific area on your face. TMD causes pain and tenderness due to pressing or palpitating on the muscle of mastication and the joint itself. TMJ also causes severe headaches, jaw pain of varying degrees, grinding teeth, and an intermittent ringing in the ears That being said, the only way to truly understand the cause of TMD-related pain is to see the dentist who is specially trained to identify and treat TMJ disorder in Orinda and here at Dion Health you can make it happen.

model Ashlee

WHAT IS TMJ?

THE TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT OR “TMJ” IS A JAW JOINT THAT CONNECTS THE LOWER JAW TO THE SKULL. Trauma from a heavy bite or biting muscles that are too strong will cause strain on that join which might lead to temporomandibular joint disorders (TMDs). One of the most common symptoms of TMD is facial pain which can be either acute or chronic. The pain may affect a generalized or wide area or occur only in one specific area on your face. TMD causes pain and tenderness due to pressing or palpitating on the muscle of mastication and the joint itself. TMJ also causes severe headaches, jaw pain of varying degrees, grinding teeth, and an intermittent ringing in the ears That being said, the only way to truly understand the cause of TMD-related pain is to see the dentist who is specially trained to identify and treat TMJ disorder in Orinda and here at Dion Health you can make it happen.

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Jaw Pain with Dr. Samadian

BOTOX® Treatment for Jaw Tension and TMJ

BOTOX® is used as an alternative treatment for TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) disorders and associated jaw tension and pain. When injected into facial muscles afflicted with soreness and discomfort, BOTOX® relieves TMJ and jaw tension for many patients. The injections often eliminate headaches resulting from teeth grinding, and, in cases of severe stress, BOTOX® can even minimize lockjaw. Although BOTOX® treatment for these conditions is presently experimental; evidence indicates that it can be extremely effective.

BOTOX® Treatment for Jaw Tension and TMJ

BOTOX® is used as an alternative treatment for TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) disorders and associated jaw tension and pain. When injected into facial muscles afflicted with soreness and discomfort, BOTOX® relieves TMJ and jaw tension for many patients. The injections often eliminate headaches resulting from teeth grinding, and, in cases of severe stress, BOTOX® can even minimize lockjaw. Although BOTOX® treatment for these conditions is presently experimental; evidence indicates that it can be extremely effective.

Jaw Pain with Dr. Samadian

How Does BOTOX® Treat Jaw Tension and TMJ Disorder?

Located on both sides of the head at the point where the jawbone meets the skull, the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) is used during talking, eating, swallowing, and other everyday activities. If this joint becomes displaced or is overworked through excessive teeth grinding, a person may suffer severe tension headaches, as well as a sharp pain in the jaw. BOTOX® relieves jaw tension by making muscles unable to engage in the powerful, often the unconscious movement of the jaw that produces headaches and pain.

The BOTOX® alternative treatment for TMJ disorders and jaw tension is usually quick, straightforward, and effective. A non-surgical procedure, BOTOX® injections are administered in a doctor’s office and treatment requires no hospital stay. Most patients experience noticeable improvement within one or two days of their first treatment, although relief can take up to a week.

How Does BOTOX® Treat Jaw Tension and TMJ Disorder?

Located on both sides of the head at the point where the jawbone meets the skull, the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) is used during talking, eating, swallowing, and other everyday activities. If this joint becomes displaced or is overworked through excessive teeth grinding, a person may suffer severe tension headaches, as well as a sharp pain in the jaw. BOTOX® relieves jaw tension by making muscles unable to engage in the powerful, often the unconscious movement of the jaw that produces headaches and pain.

The BOTOX® alternative treatment for TMJ disorders and jaw tension is usually quick, straightforward, and effective. A non-surgical procedure, BOTOX® injections are administered in a doctor’s office and treatment requires no hospital stay. Most patients experience noticeable improvement within one or two days of their first treatment, although relief can take up to a week.

Areas Affected by TMJ Botox Therapy

Only the areas injected with Botox will be “relaxed.” Botox treatment for TMJ therapy will not affect anywhere else in your body. The injections are mainly in the temporalis, frontalis and masseter (see picture below) additional sites may be injected with Botox depending on the severity of the headaches.

Is the Botox Treatment Painful?

The pain associated with the Botox TMJ Treatment procedure is due to the injections, but it is generally minimal and brief. Some patients have likened the Botox injection pain unto a “bug bite” or “prick”. Pain from the injection can be reduced by numbing proposed injection sites with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. If you are scared of needles the doctor may offer you Happy Gas.

Areas Affected by TMJ Botox Therapy

Only the areas injected with Botox will be “relaxed.” Botox treatment for TMJ therapy will not affect anywhere else in your body. The injections are mainly in the temporalis, frontalis and masseter (see picture below) additional sites may be injected with Botox depending on the severity of the headaches.

Is the Botox Treatment Painful?

The pain associated with the Botox TMJ Treatment procedure is due to the injections, but it is generally minimal and brief. Some patients have likened the Botox injection pain unto a “bug bite” or “prick”. Pain from the injection can be reduced by numbing proposed injection sites with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. If you are scared of needles the doctor may offer you Happy Gas.

How long is the Botox Treatment Procedure?

The length of the Botox treatment procedure depends on the number of injections needed as determined by the doctor. Still, it is reasonable for the treatment procedure to be completed within 10-30 minutes.

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Jaw pain with Dr. Samadian

Bruxism (Grinding and Clenching)

Bruxism is the medical term for unconscious teeth clenching and grinding, either while awake or asleep, which can lead to physical painful and severe dental problems.  Chronic teeth grinding can cause headache, earaches, facial pain, and even migraines. Dental problems from bruxism include lose of tooth enamel, increased tooth sensitivity, and flattening and/or chipping of the teeth. 

Bruxism sufferers who grind and clench their teeth while sleeping frequently wake up with a sore jaw. Hypertrophy of the masseter muscle, which may lead to the appearance of a severe square jaw, is another side effect of bruxism. Treatments with Botox Type A., commonly known as botox, can provide tremendous relief from jaw soreness, headaches, and other unpleasant problems associated with Bruxism. Botox treatments for Bruxism can also soften the appearance of the jawline.

Jaw pain with Dr. Samadian

Bruxism (Grinding and Clenching)

Bruxism is the medical term for unconscious teeth clenching and grinding, either while awake or asleep, which can lead to physical painful and severe dental problems.  Chronic teeth grinding can cause headache, earaches, facial pain, and even migraines. Dental problems from bruxism include lose of tooth enamel, increased tooth sensitivity, and flattening and/or chipping of the teeth. 

Bruxism sufferers who grind and clench their teeth while sleeping frequently wake up with a sore jaw. Hypertrophy of the masseter muscle, which may lead to the appearance of a severe square jaw, is another side effect of bruxism. Treatments with Botox Type A., commonly known as botox, can provide tremendous relief from jaw soreness, headaches, and other unpleasant problems associated with Bruxism. Botox treatments for Bruxism can also soften the appearance of the jawline.

Botox vs. Conventional Bruxism Treatments

Recently, Botox has proven to be an ideal treatment option for targeting and treating excessive muscle activity and spasticity. Many other treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medications and dental devices, do not address the source of the problem. Although dental devices can successfully protect teeth from damage at night for bruxism sufferers, they are ineffective in stopping the painful side effects of teeth grinding

Botox vs. Conventional Bruxism Treatments

Recently, Botox has proven to be an ideal treatment option for targeting and treating excessive muscle activity and spasticity. Many other treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medications and dental devices, do not address the source of the problem. Although dental devices can successfully protect teeth from damage at night for bruxism sufferers, they are ineffective in stopping the painful side effects of teeth grinding

The Procedure

By injecting small doses of Botox directly into the masseter muscle (the large muscle that moves the jaw), the muscle is weakened enough to stop involuntary grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. This significantly relaxes the muscle and reduces the wear and tear on the teeth due to grinding. Damage to the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and headaches should be reduced or eliminated as well. Voluntary movements, such as chewing and facial expressions, are not affected at all by Botox.

Effectiveness of Botox for Bruxism

Although Botox injections are not a cure for bruxism, they can effectively control the uncomfortable symptoms better than a nightguard for some patients. Botox used for treating bruxism typically lasts for three to four months.

*Disclaimer: botox, dysport, dermal fillers, facial injections, and other skin care information contained on this website is provided for educational purposes and should not be taken as medical advice. To consult with one of our AAFE trained members, please contact one of our trained members today.

The Procedure

By injecting small doses of botulinum toxin directly into the masseter muscle (the large muscle that moves the jaw), the muscle is weakened enough to stop involuntary grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. This significantly relaxes the muscle and reduces the wear and tear on the teeth due to grinding. Damage to the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and headaches should be reduced or eliminated as well.  Voluntary movements, such as chewing and facial expressions, are not effected at all by botox.

Effectiveness of Botox for Bruxism

Although Botox injections are not a cure for bruxism, they can effectively control the uncomfortable symptoms better than a nightguard for some patients. Botox used for treating bruxism typically lasts for three to four months.

*Disclaimer: botox, dysport, dermal fillers, facial injections, and other skin care information contained on this website is provided for educational purposes and should not be taken as medical advice. To consult with one of our AAFE trained members, please contact one of our trained members today.

Migraines with Dr. Samadian

How Botox Is Used to Treat Migraines

Botox to treat chronic migraines is given at intervals of about 12 weeks as multiple injections around the head and neck to try to dull future headache symptoms, the FDA says in a statement. The FDA says it’s important that patients who suffer chronic migraines discuss with their doctors whether Botox is appropriate for them. Allergan Inc., the maker of Botox, says in a statement that the FDA’s approval applies to people with chronic migraine, which it defines as a 

“distinct and severe neurological disorder characterized by patients who have a history of migraine and suffer from headaches on 15 or more days per month with headaches lasting four hours a day or longer.” The company says that when treating chronic migraine, qualified medical specialists administer 31 Botox injections into seven specific head and neck sites. It says that Botox, when injected at labeled doses in recommended areas, is expected to produce results lasting up to three months depending on the individual patient.

Migraines with Dr. Samadian

How Botox Is Used to Treat Migraines

Botox to treat chronic migraines is given at intervals of about 12 weeks as multiple injections around the head and neck to try to dull future headache symptoms, the FDA says in a statement. The FDA says it’s important that patients who suffer chronic migraines discuss with their doctors whether Botox is appropriate for them. Allergan Inc., the maker of Botox, says in a statement that the FDA’s approval applies to people with chronic migraine, which it defines as a 

“distinct and severe neurological disorder characterized by patients who have a history of migraine and suffer from headaches on 15 or more days per month with headaches lasting four hours a day or longer.” The company says that when treating chronic migraine, qualified medical specialists administer 31 Botox injections into seven specific head and neck sites. It says that Botox, when injected at labeled doses in recommended areas, is expected to produce results lasting up to three months depending on the individual patient.

Botox Studies

“Chronic migraine is a debilitating but under-recognized neurological condition,” Scott Whitcup, MD, Allergan’s chief scientific officer, says in the company’s announcement. “Oftentimes, chronic migraine patients mistakenly self-diagnose their symptoms as headaches or infrequent migraine and treat them with drugs that provide rapid, but temporary, relief rather than seeking an evaluation, diagnosis and treatment from a qualified headache specialist.”He says with the FDA’s approval of Botox to prevent migraines, there is now a new option “to reduce the days and hours spent in pain as a result of this condition.” It says the FDA’s approval for use of Botox to fight migraines was based on the results of two studies involving 1,384 adults in North America and Europe. The studies, published in the March 2010 issue of Cephalalgia, report that patients treated with Botox experienced a major decrease in the frequency of headache days, according to the Allergan statement.

Botox Studies

“Chronic migraine is a debilitating but under-recognized neurological condition,” Scott Whitcup, MD, Allergan’s chief scientific officer, says in the company’s announcement. “Oftentimes, chronic migraine patients mistakenly self-diagnose their symptoms as headaches or infrequent migraine and treat them with drugs that provide rapid, but temporary, relief rather than seeking an evaluation, diagnosis and treatment from a qualified headache specialist.”He says with the FDA’s approval of Botox to prevent migraines, there is now a new option “to reduce the days and hours spent in pain as a result of this condition.” It says the FDA’s approval for use of Botox to fight migraines was based on the results of two studies involving 1,384 adults in North America and Europe. The studies, published in the March 2010 issue of Cephalalgia, report that patients treated with Botox experienced a major decrease in the frequency of headache days, according to the Allergan statement.

TREATING TMJ

TMJ and its symptoms can be debilitating which can significantly impair your daily activities. The most common cause of TMJ is the misalignment of the teeth, often called “bad bite.” Dr. Samadian has the ability to realign or adjust your teeth without the need for painful or expensive procedures. For TMJ pain relief Dr. Samadian provides Botox. Also, the realignment/adjustment will stop the pounding headaches, jaw pain, and dizziness.

THE PROCEDURE

WE CARRY OUT A THOROUGH CLINICAL EXAM AND IMAGING TEST involving CT, MRI, and others to determine the adequate course of treatment. The initial treatment revolves around injecting small doses of Botox directly into the masseter muscle (the large muscle that moves the jaw), the muscle is weakened enough to stop involuntary grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. This significantly relaxes the muscle and reduces the wear and tear on the teeth due to grinding. Damage to the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and headaches should be reduced or eliminated as well.  Voluntary movements, such as chewing and facial expressions, are not affected at all by Botox. Other options are taking anti-inflammatory medications, soft food diet, mouthguard use, and physical therapy but if these methods prove to be ineffective, the dentist may suggest a surgical approach.

TREATING TMJ

TMJ and its symptoms can be debilitating which can significantly impair your daily activities. The most common cause of TMJ is the misalignment of the teeth, often called “bad bite.” Dr. Samadian has the ability to realign or adjust your teeth without the need for painful or expensive procedures. For TMJ pain relief Dr. Samadian provides Botox. Also, the realignment/adjustment will stop the pounding headaches, jaw pain, and dizziness.

THE PROCEDURE

WE CARRY OUT A THOROUGH CLINICAL EXAM AND IMAGING TEST involving CT, MRI, and others to determine the adequate course of treatment. The initial treatment revolves around injecting small doses of botulinum toxin directly into the masseter muscle (the large muscle that moves the jaw), the muscle is weakened enough to stop involuntary grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. This significantly relaxes the muscle and reduces the wear and tear on the teeth due to grinding. Damage to the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and headaches should be reduced or eliminated as well.  Voluntary movements, such as chewing and facial expressions, are not affected at all by botox. Other options are taking anti-inflammatory medications, soft food diet, mouthguard use, and physical therapy but if these methods prove to be ineffective, the dentist may suggest a surgical approach.

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GETTING STARTED

Dr. Amin Samadian and his staff will be happy to discuss TMJ with you through a free consultation to determine the proper treatment for you. Upon consultation, if you determine you would like to move forward with treatment, it can be scheduled with Dr. Samadian and our concierge staff will be more than happy to assist you with travel accommodations.

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GETTING STARTED

Dr. Amin Samadian and his staff will be happy to discuss TMJ in Orinda with you through a free consultation to determine the proper treatment for you. Upon consultation, if you determine you would like to move forward with treatment, it can be scheduled with Dr. Samadian and our concierge staff will be more than happy to assist you with travel accommodations.

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GETTING STARTED

Dr. Amin Samadian and his staff will be happy to discuss TMJ in Orinda with you through a free consultation to determine the proper treatment for you. Upon consultation, if you determine you would like to move forward with treatment, it can be scheduled with Dr. Samadian and our concierge staff will be more than happy to assist you with travel accommodations.

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