Miami Beach and Coral Gables
— TMJ Treatment and BOTOX®
Injections for Dentistry
Headaches, ringing in the ears, and even shoulder pain can be caused by problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). TMJ disorders can be treated through a variety of restorative dentistry procedures among other treatments. At our Coral Gables dental practice, we have helped many patients from throughout the Coral Gables and Miami Beach area through TMJ treatment, including the selective use of BOTOX® injections and a variety of restorative dentistry options.
TMJ disorder includes a range of symptoms that are associated with the temporomandibular joints. These joints connect the lower jaw to the skull on each side of the head. Problems in this area develop when excess stress is put on the structures around the joint, including the muscles, teeth, ligaments, and cartilage. Clenching and grinding of the teeth, poor posture, arthritis, injuries, and structural problems can all cause excess stress and pressure at the joints which can cause the uncomfortable symptoms associated with TMJ disorder. Symptoms of TMJ disorder may include:
- Jaw, neck, and shoulder pain
- Popping, grinding, or clicking during jaw movement
- Teeth grinding and clenching
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) or earache
- Difficulty opening or closing of mouth
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you may be suffering from a TMJ disorder. We encourage you to schedule an evaluation at our Coral Gables practice to learn if TMJ treatment can help ease your symptoms.
It is important to treat TMJ disorders not only because of the uncomfortable symptoms but also because of the damage to the teeth, gums, and jaws that can occur. At our practice in Coral Gables, near Miami Beach, we offer TMJ treatment options, including Dentox (BOTOX® therapy for dentistry), night guards, and full mouth reconstruction.
At our Miami-area practice, we offer Dentox, which is essentially BOTOX® therapy used for dentistry. BOTOX® injections are used to ease one of the most common symptoms of TMJ disorder: clenching of the teeth and jaws. Just as BOTOX® injections immobilize the muscles of the face that cause wrinkles, they can be used to relax the jaw muscles and reduce the amount and intensity of clenching. This, in turn, reduces the discomfort to the patient and the harm to the teeth, jaw joints, and gums that are associated with TMJ disorders. Dentox is administered through simple injections. An electronic muscle locating device (EMG) may be used to pinpoint the exact muscles to be treated. During your first consultation, we will determine if you are a good candidate for Dentox by reviewing your medical records and examining your current dental health. Schedule an evaluation at our Coral Gables practice to learn if BOTOX® injections are the best TMJ treatment choice for you.
People who suffer from a TMJ disorder often clench and grind their teeth at night. We offer night guards that fit over either the lower or upper teeth to reduce grinding and clenching. During your TMJ evaluation, we will determine if treatment with a night guard can help to alleviate your symptoms
For some patients, night guards and BOTOX® therapy can significantly help their TMJ-related problems. However, other patients may need more extensive treatment. Through orthodontic appliances and full mouth reconstruction we are able to realign the jaw and relieve the symptoms of TMJ disorders. A full mouth reconstruction often includes several procedures, such as the placement of dental implants, bridges, or crowns.
If you are suffering from a TMJ disorder, we can help. Contact our Coral Gables practice, near Miami Beach, to schedule a TMJ evaluation and learn about treatment options such as Dentox (BOTOX® injections for dentistry) and full mouth reconstruction.