Do Injectables Help with TMJ Disorder?
Temporomandibular joint disorder — otherwise known as TMD or TMJ disorder — is a painful condition that can cause symptoms such as toothaches, headaches, migraines, and muscle fatigue. It can also lead to broken dental work and fractured teeth.
While using a bite splint and practicing relaxation exercises can help to minimize the tension of TMJ disorder, what if there were a longer-term treatment that didn’t require daily prescription medication or surgery?
That’s exactly what injectables have the potential to offer TMD sufferers. Although they’ve primarily been used in the past for aesthetic purposes (such as smoothing out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,) their extended results allow for softening and relaxation of the muscles in the area where they’re injected.
Now, cosmetic injectables have the potential to be used for treating and management of TMJ related disorders and pain, as they relax the tissues around the joint and potentially lessen the effects of muscle discomfort and headaches.
How Long do Results Last?
The great thing is that results of injectables tend to last anywhere between 3-6 months, depending on the type and combination used. Seeing a dentist to have the product administered means you can have a health professional who understands the interworking of oral and facial anatomy applying the product to key areas needed. As time goes by, they can be touched up during your regular check and clean appointment.
After an initial application, it may take up to 2-3 weeks to see full results and experience muscle or joint relief. At Somersmiles Dental in Somerville, we recommend that you continue any physical therapy, massage, or splint use throughout the duration of your injectable treatment to see full results.
Do you have TMJ disorder? Schedule an exam with our Somerville dentists today to learn more about how we can help.