Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)
Chronic Headaches? Ask to See TMJ/TMD Dentist Dr. Ramon Bana!
In Miami, FL, a stressful lifestyle and workplace fatigue are just a couple of reasons why some of our patients suffer from chronic TMJ disorder – otherwise known as “TMD” or “TMJD.” Misaligned teeth can also be a factor. Miami Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry is here to help!
Can Crooked Teeth Cause TMJ Disorder?
Tooth alignment can have a significant influence on TMJ pain.
Our TMJ/TMD dentist in Miami, FL will evaluate how your teeth and jaws fit together. Atypical bite relationships may be causing your jaw to become strained over time. Investing in orthodontic therapy is a holistic option for treating some types of TMJ disorder.
When stressed, a person can tend to clench and grind their teeth together, placing strain on the jaw and facial muscles. Over time, the TMJ becomes strained and can develop painful symptoms.
Symptoms of TMD include
- Headaches and migraines
- Difficulty opening and closing
- Popping or clicking in the joint
- Worn, flat, or chipped teeth
- Broken dental work
- Muscle pain in the face, jaw, neck, shoulders, and back
Botox® Treatment for Jaw Tension, TMJ & Headaches
Botox is used as an alternative treatment for TMJ/TMD and tension headaches from teeth grinding.
When injected into sore, uncomfortable muscles, Botox has been proven to relieve headaches, even minimizing lockjaw in cases of severe stress. Botox injections are nonsurgical and are usually quick and effective within one or two days, though relief can take up to a week. Dr. Bana can treat your jaw and head pain with Botox at Miami Sedation and Cosmetic Dentistry.
Bite Splints and Night Guards
If you’re clenching and grinding your teeth while you sleep or at your desk during the day, Ramon Bana, DDS may decide it’s best to fit you with a customized splint.
Small appliances like these train the jaws to relax by keeping the teeth just slightly apart. As such, the muscles and TMJ experience less strain and enjoy relief without invasive surgical measures. In some cases, injectables such as Botox® may also be an alternative for semi-permanent pain relief and muscle relaxation.
Do You Think You May Have TMJ/TMD?
Dr. Bana can evaluate the anatomy of your jaws, their range of motion, screen for symptoms, and assess your bite.
An X-ray may also be needed to assess internal elements of your oral structure. We may advise relaxation and stress management exercises along with any other treatments we suggest. Getting to the root of your jaw pain and discomfort can help you sleep better and improve your quality of life overall. We’re here to help—don’t hesitate to get in touch today!