The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located on both sides of the head at the point where the jawbone meets the skull. The temporomandibular joint is used during talking, eating, swallowing, and other everyday activities. If this joint becomes displaced or is overworked through excessive teeth grinding, a person may suffer severe tension headaches, as well as sharp pain in the jaw.
Known as an alternative to Botox®, Dysport® treatments are being used in dental offices as a great alternative treatment for wrinkles and fine lines. And it also targets more troublesome maladies such as TMJ and muscle pain which may include headache, clenching/grinding, and sleep bruxism. Its effects are long-lasting and noticeable results are observable in a shorter amount of time. To learn more about this service, continue reading or schedule a consultation with our office today!
What is Dysport®?
Dysport® is injected into the temporalis, frontal, and masseter muscles that together can cause jaw pain and headaches. The agent works by blocking nerve signals that cause uncontrollable muscle movements, essentially relaxing the muscles.
Dysport® injections take only 10 to 20 minutes and remain effective for approximately five months. Therefore, Dysport® TMJ treatments must be repeated depending on the patient. If you have TMJ and it‘s determined that you are a good candidate for this treatment, how often you’ll need to receive Dysport® treatments to relieve symptoms will depend on the severity of your condition.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dysport®?
Dysport® is an excellent treatment choice for patients with jaw tension, facial pain, bruxism, clenching, and other TMD symptoms caused by muscle spasms. If you’re suffering from this condition, you may be considered a good candidate as long as you have no skin or muscle conditions that could cause complications.
While Dysport® treatment for TMJ disorders is safe, certain medications, intoxicants, and other substances can minimize or negatively impact the effectiveness of Dysport® injections. For this reason, patients should honestly disclose any medication or substance use prior to treatment. Although complications are rare, in some cases, patients have experienced bruising and bleeding at injection sites, or excessive paralysis of the muscles in the areas treated.
The Benefits of Dysport®
There are many benefits of Dysport® treatment for TMJ. For people suffering from soreness and pain resulting from problems with the temporomandibular joint, Dysport® injections often provide substantial relief. While reducing the ability of facial muscles to engage in problematic grinding, Dysport® allows them to perform daily activities such as talking, chewing, and swallowing. This makes the Dysport® alternative treatment for jaw tension a convenient, effective option for many people. In addition, the treatment can help safeguard dental health, since excessive grinding can result in worn-down teeth and damaged gums that may require costly treatment.