Has recurring discomfort around the jaw compromised your quality of life? TMJ is a common condition that can be a nuisance to experience. One of the latest innovations in aesthetic medicine has shown that botulinum toxin injectables can alleviate discomfort from this common compromise and help you smile more comfortably without surgery or extensive downtime.
Old Town Medspa in Chicago is led by Drs. Nael Gharbi and Shazel Gharbi who are both determined to provide you with the tools, care, and guidance you need to achieve your cosmetic vision. We now offer advanced TMJ treatment with botulinum toxin to grant greater comfortability when those smile-worthy moments arrive. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and find out if this treatment option may be right for you!
What is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jawbone to the skull, performing sliding and hinge movements so that the jaw can open, close, and move in circular motion. The bones that allow this movement are concealed in cartilage and separate from the jaw itself by a tiny, shock-absorbant disk. TMJ complications arise when:
- The disk becomes dislocated
- The cartilage that surrounds the bones endures trauma
- The teeth or joint receive damage
What are some common signs of TMJ complications?
- Discomfort in the jaw and temple area
- Aching sensations across the face and ears
- Difficulty or aches when chewing food
- Joint locking
How can I benefit from TMJ treatment?
Utilizing a highly purified botulinum toxin formula, we are able to safely and effectively treat TMJ discomfort. This minimally invasive treatment incorporates a careful administration of the botulinum toxin solution into the jaw area, reducing joint and muscular activity. Over time, you can feel enhanced jaw comfort. An optimal treatment plan can help you achieve desirable results all year round. Ultimately,results will vary from person to person.
Who may be a candidate for TMJ treatment?
Nearly anyone struggling with discomfort or pain in the jaw and across the face may benefit from this treatment option. However, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may be referred to alternative treatments. During your consultation, we will discuss aspects of your medical history and carefully assess the treated area to better determine if TMJ treatment through botulinum toxin may be right for you.
What are the Causes of TMJ?
TMJ disorder may be caused by a number of different conditions. An injury to the face, for example, or a bad bite, can make the temporomandibular joints and surrounding muscles work too hard. By and large, though, most cases of TMJ disorder are an issue of overuse. Some people develop uncomfortable symptoms as a result of excessive gum-chewing or from bruxism. This is the unconscious habit of clenching and grinding the teeth. It usually happens when you’re sleeping, so you may never be aware that you’re causing potential harm to your joints and teeth.
What Happens if It's Left Untreated?
Medical experts do not view TMJ disorder as a highly concerning condition. However, there are a few consequences that you’d probably rather avoid. If TMJ is caused by clenching and grinding, there is a risk of damage to the teeth and gums. Regardless of the cause of TMJ disorder, the effects on the joints and the muscles and nerves that wrap around the face and head can worsen over time. TMJ disorder is a common factor to contribute to chronic headaches and migraines. It may cause tinnitus, ringing in the ears. Depending on the persistence and severity of TMJ symptoms, there is also a risk of anxiety and depression.
Treating TMJ disorder is relatively easy. Our injectable approach to treatment takes just a few minutes and can achieve results that last months!
Can TMJ Go Away on Its Own?
It is possible for TMJ to resolve on its own with rest and home remedies such as taking anti-inflammatory medication. This depends on what’s causing the condition. If TMJ is caused by overuse, these strategies may work to correct the problem. If TMJ disorder occurs as a result of bruxism, chances are it will not go away without some form of clinical intervention.
Is TMJ Permanent?
TMJ doesn’t have to be a permanent frustration. With appropriate care, your symptoms can be brought under control or even eliminated. The first step is scheduling a consultation with us to discuss what might be causing the tension in your jaw! The next step, receiving injectable treatment to relax the tensed muscles around the joint, may be performed during that same visit.
Does TMJ Treatment Require Surgery?
It is very uncommon for the symptoms of TMJ disorder to be severe enough to warrant surgery. There are several other conservative approaches that can be tried first, before an oral surgeon might recommend structural correction.
What is Recovery Like After TMJ Treatment?
Our TMJ treatment may just be one of the easiest. Injections take just a few minutes and cause very few side effects. It’s not much different than receiving BOTOX® injections to correct the signs of aging. After your TMJ treatment at Old Town Med Spa in Chicago, you can return to most of your normal activities. We’ll advise you to avoid lying down, engaging in strenuous exercise, or massaging your jaw for a short time. After the first four hours of these restrictions, you can resume all of your normal activities.
Would you like to learn more about this treatment? Contact us today to schedule your consultation! We look forward to hearing from you!