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TMJ Therapy Treatments in Windsor, WI

Windsor Family Dental offers TMJ therapy for jaw pain and disorders like Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). Botox is an effective treatment for TMD and offers life-changing relief. Contact us to receive treatment for TMD from licensed dental professionals.

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What is the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)?

The temporomandibular joints (TMJs) connect your lower jawbone to your skull. There is a temporomandibular joint on each side of your face, just in front of your ear. The TMJs are classified as ginglymoarthrodial joints, meaning they act in both a hinge and a gliding motion. These joints help your facial muscles move fully and flexibly when you chew, speak and yawn.

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What is TMD?

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), often referred to as TMJ or TMJ syndrome, encompasses a range of conditions affecting the jaw joint and the muscles controlling jaw movement. TMD can cause significant pain and dramatically impact an individual's quality of life. It is estimated that between 5% and 12% of the adult population experience some form of TMJ disorder, with women and individuals aged 20 to 40 being most commonly affected.

Common TMD Symptoms

  • Neck pain, shoulder pain and headaches
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Clicking in your jaw or locked jaw
  • Tooth pain or face pain
  • Difficulty opening the mouth wide or difficulty swallowing

Potential Causes of TMD

  • Bruxism (teeth clenching and teeth grinding)
  • Unconscious clenching of teeth or muscle tension from depression, stress, or anxiety
  • Misaligned bite
  • Injury or trauma
  • Arthritis
  • Disc displacement between the ball and socket joints within the TMJs 
  • Cartilage wear and tear
  • Infection or tumor

TMD Diagnosis and Evaluation

Diagnosing TMD requires a thorough examination by a healthcare provider. At Windsor Family Dental, our diagnostic process includes:

  • Physical Examination: Observing the range of motion of your jaw, pressing on areas to identify discomfort, and listening for sounds like clicking or popping.
  • Imaging Tests: Utilizing dental X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs to get a detailed look at your jaw joints and surrounding structures.
  • TMJ Arthroscopy: In some cases, a minimally invasive procedure may be used to diagnose and treat joint issues simultaneously.

Preventive Measures and Long-term Management

Preventing TMD involves addressing behaviors and habits that contribute to stress on the jaw:

  • Avoid Hard Foods: Stick to a diet that minimizes strain on the jaw.
  • Manage Stress: Techniques like meditation, yoga, or therapy can reduce stress-related muscle tension.
  • Practice Good Posture: Proper posture can reduce the risk of TMD-related pain.
  • Regular Dental Checkups: Ensure any dental issues are addressed promptly to prevent misalignment.

At Windsor Family Dental, our mission is to provide effective, compassionate care for those suffering from TMJ disorders. If you're experiencing any symptoms of TMD, please contact us to schedule an evaluation. Our dedicated team is here to help you find relief and improve your quality of life.

TMD Treatment Options at Windsor Family Dental

There are a few treatment options for patients suffering from TMJ dysfunction and disorders. Some of the treatments we offer and work with patients on may include:

  1. Lifestyle Modifications
    • Eating a softer diet, avoiding chewing gum, wearing a bite guard or night guard, using heat or old packs or taking pain medication.
  2. Bite Correction
    • Working with a dental professional to change the way your teeth fit together.
  3. Botox Injections
    • Masseter Botox offered by Windsor Family Dental alleviates pain and headaches from teeth clenching for an average of 3-4 months at a time.

TMJ Therapy

Orofacial physical therapy can help correct postures that place stress on the TMJ, and oral exercises can reduce pain. These non-invasive treatments can help strengthen the muscles around the TMJ to take the stress off of the joint.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation therapy (TENS) is also used for TMJ pain management. TENS uses a low-frequency pulse of electrical stimulation used to relax the jaw muscle and reduce pain.

Botox Injections for TMJ

Botox is a valuable treatment for TMD because it helps relieve headaches, tooth pain and muscle tension by relaxing the facial muscles and taking pressure off of your TMJ. Depending on your symptoms and individual needs, Botox may be used as a stand-alone treatment, however, it is usually recommended to pair with therapies for TMD.

TMD relief from Botox usually takes a few to several days to begin working, and the effects last from 3-4 months at a time. Windsor Family Dental has professionals skilled in providing pain-relieving Botox injections for patients suffering from TMJ.

Contact Windsor Family Dental for a consultation on TMJ Botox injections. We regularly perform Botox procedures for patients out of Windsor, Arlington, Sun Prairie, Waunakee and the surrounding Madison communities.

Frequently Asked Questions on TMJ

How Do You Make TMJ Pain Go Away?

TMJ pain can sometimes be managed with over-the-counter medications. For severe pain, doctors may recommend the use of other treatments such as Botox to reduce jaw muscle activity.

Does Botox Work on Crow’s Feet?

Botox can be a successful therapy for crow's feet. Botox temporarily inhibits the muscles surrounding the eyes' ability to contract, which can lessen the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

How Long Does Crow’s Feet Botox Last?

You can expect most crow’s feet Botox injections to last 3-4 months.

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