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TMJ Treatment—Manchester, NH

Find Relief from Persistent Jaw Pain

Woman with jaw pain, requires TMJ treatment in Manchester

Do you struggle with persistent jaw pain? It is possible that you are suffering from TMJ disorder, which may also be called TMD or simply TMJ. This complex problem can rob you of your enjoyment of daily activities. Fortunately, there are several forms of TMJ treatment in Manchester that may be able to help. Contact our team today to schedule your personalized TMJ consultation or learn more about what you can expect as a patient at Fromuth & Langlois Dental of Manchester.

Why Choose Fromuth & Langlois for TMJ Treatment?

What Is TMJ Disorder?

Gloved hand using pen to point at TMJ on skull model

TMD is a complex problem that affects the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which joins your mandible (lower jaw) to the rest of your skull. It plays a huge role in speaking, chewing, laughing, sneezing, and more. It is one of the most complex and important joints in the human body. Unfortunately, when it is injured, stressed, or overworked, it can lead to a range of unpleasant symptoms, including chronic pain and discomfort.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

Man with TMD struggling with jaw and facial pain

Jaw pain is just one potential symptom of TMD. You might also experience:

TMD can have dozens of symptoms, so it is often misdiagnosed by well-meaning physicians. If you suspect you have this condition, it is best to become a patient of a dentist in Manchester who has experience with treating it.

Types of TMJ Treatment

Patient and dental team member discussing TMJ treatment options

We’ll begin your treatment by performing a thorough evaluation. We will examine the positioning of your teeth, ask you about your symptoms, and try to determine the root cause of your pain. We may also take X-Rays to gain a deeper understanding of your TMJ’s health. After we become familiar with your situation, we will talk to you about your treatment options. Depending on your circumstances, we might recommend one of the following:

Occlusal Splint

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An occlusal splint is a custom oral appliance that is worn at night. It prevents nocturnal grinding and clenching, which commonly contribute to TMD symptoms. It might take a bit of time to adjust to your splint, but it shouldn’t be long before you notice a reduction in your pain.

Equilibration/Occlusal Adjustment

Happy patient at appointment for equilibration for TMD

A misaligned bite often contributes to TMD. In some cases, orthodontic treatment is necessary to correct the problem. In other cases, though, a much smaller adjustment is necessary. By slightly modifying the shape of your teeth, we may be able to create a more harmonious bite and relieve the stress on your TMJ.

Treatment with a TENS Machine

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TENS is an acronym that stands for “transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.” It is a machine that uses electrical currents to relieve pain and ease tension in the TMJ. Although the machine may not correct underlying anatomical causes of TMD, it can provide quick pain relief and be part of an overall treatment plan, especially if a stressful lifestyle is contributing to your discomfort.

BOTOX for TMJ Treatment

Patient receiving BOTOX injection in jaw for TMJ treatment

Although BOTOX is usually thought of as a purely cosmetic treatment, it can also play a big role in relieving symptoms of TMJ disorder (TMD). It can relax the muscles around the temporomandibular joints (TMJs), preventing them from causing you discomfort. Whether it is used as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with other treatment options, patients often find powerful pain relief from BOTOX. The results of a BOTOX injection can last for several months.

What Is BOTOX?

Gloved hand holding vial of BOTOX

BOTOX is the brand name of a diluted form of botulinum toxin. While the word “toxin” might sound scary, the reality is that BOTOX has some remarkable medical applications. When it is strategically injected into the muscles around the TMJs, it can restrict their movements and force them to relax. That relaxation can reduce muscle tension in the face and surrounding areas, leading to significant relief of TMD symptoms, such as headaches, jaw pain, and difficulty chewing.

The treatment usually takes less than one hour, and no downtime is required afterward. Most patients start to notice results within a week or two of their injections. The results may last for several months (typically 3 – 6 months, depending on the individual).

Are You a Good Candidate for BOTOX for TMJ Treatment?

Frowning woman with jaw and neck pain

If you are experiencing symptoms of TMD, such as jaw pain, lock jaw, neck pain, back pain, headaches, and difficulty chewing, it is possible that BOTOX may be able to relieve your symptoms. It is especially helpful for individuals who struggle with bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching).

Of course, it is important to remember that BOTOX is not suitable for everyone who has symptoms of TMD. Our team will evaluate the situation and recommend a personalized treatment plan for you.

How Can BOTOX Treat TMJ Disorder?

Happy woman biting into an apple

BOTOX treats TMD by relaxing the muscles around the jaw joints. This method has proven effective for many people. In fact, one study found that BOTOX improved symptoms in 90% of participants with TMD.

It is worth noting that while BOTOX can provide TMD pain relief, it is not meant to address the root cause of TMJ problems. It may need to be combined with other therapies, such as occlusal adjustments, to provide truly long-lasting relief.

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