Botulinum Toxin (Botox)
Botox® (botulinum toxin) is a purified protein that is used in medicine to inhibit muscle contraction. We usually think of Botox® as a method of treating lines and wrinkles in the face, which it is very effective for. However, it can also be used to treat muscles in the head and neck that are causing pain. Myofascial pain is a type of TMD pain problem, which is created by tension and overuse of muscles in the head and neck. Botox is very effective at treating these bands of symptomatic muscle fibers and relieving our patients of pain. The effects of Botox® are only temporary, so it is common that the TMJ therapy needs to be periodically (every two to four months) to provide the desired effect.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
This involves the use of low-level electrical currents to stimulate the facial muscles around the jaw bone. This helps to relax these muscles and reduce pain.
This involves the use of sound waves to introduce heat to the muscles, ligaments and joints. The deep heat treatment helps to relieve soreness and improve movement in the joint.
When should you consider TMJ Surgery?
At Timothy A. Hess, DDS, PLLC we only consider TMJ surgery after all other treatment options have been explored and proven ineffective. Surgery is reserved for those severe cases. Our TMJ specialist in Auburn will walk you through the risks and benefits of TMJ surgery and determine whether you are a good candidate for surgery.
We can Help You
Do you have pain in your jaw? Do you experience frequent unexplained headaches? Contact our clinic to schedule consultation with Dr. Timothy A. Hess and determine whether you suffer from TMD. We will provide you with effective treatment for your condition.