Advanced Dental Arts NW is proud and excited to be one of the first dentists in Portland to offer Dental Botox treatments for the comfort and well-being of our patients! Whether it is for treatment of teeth grinding, teeth clenching, TMJ, facial pain, or for the associated benefits of looking younger and less stressed, Portland dentist Dr. Teasdale and our experienced staff are happy to help you assess this wonderful option to help you look and feel your best.
Teeth grinding and clenching are both related directly to the powerful muscles along the jaw that activate in response to a chewing reflex. Until now, our only options for stopping teeth grinding while sleeping was fixing how the teeth fit together. However, with renewable Botox treatments, Dr. Teasdale can greatly eliminate the tendency to grind and clench your teeth at night by reducing the power of the jaw muscles. This allows the muscles to relax, giving the skin a more relaxed and comfortable appearance that creates a look of youthfulness, tranquility and confidence that takes years off your appearance.
When used properly, Botox treatments for TMJ can relieve and often block migraine headaches and sore muscles for months at a time, providing patients with relief from TMJ symptoms they have suffered from for years. As an added bonus, the same Botox injection used to treat TMJ discomfort can give patients a more youthful, energetic, and beautiful radiance. What a wonderful perk!
Dealing With TMJ
The hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones, your temporomandibular joint allows you to have free range of motion with your jaw, so you can yawn, chew and talk. Problems that occur with the muscles in your face and jaw are referred to as temporomandibular disorders, commonly called TMJ.
TMJ can have a variety of causes, including: Injury to your jaw, the joint, or the muscles located along your neck and head. Other causes include:
- Grinding or clenching your teeth at night. This unconscious habit places excessive pressure on the joint of your jaw. Over time, this can lead to the development of TMJ and other jaw related problems.
- Movement of the disc or soft cushion located between the ball and socket of the jaw joint.
- Arthritis in the jaw joint.
- Stress, which can cause your jaw and facial muscles to tighten.
TMJ causes severe pain and discomfort. The condition can last for several years or may only be temporary. TMJ can affect both side of your face or be isolated to just on side. TMJ is more common in women than men, and the condition develops most frequently during the ages of 20 to 40.
Common symptom of TMJ include:
- Tenderness or discomfort in the face, jaw joint, shoulders and neck, and the ear whenever you speak, eat or open wide.
- Trouble opening your mouth wide.
- Your jaw becomes locked or stuck in the open or closed position.
- Grating, popping, or clicks sounds that come from the jaw joint whenever you eat or open or close your. These noise may not be associated with any pain or discomfort.
- A feeling of fatigue in your face.
- Difficulty chewing or a sudden discomfort when bitting.
- Swelling on the side of your face
You may also experience ringing in the ears, shoulder pain, hearing problems, dizziness, neck ache, toothaches and headaches.
If you suffer from any of these conditions, don’t wait to receive the comfort you deserve. Call today to schedule your Botox Treatment Consultation.