Living with TMJ pain can be exhausting and can interfere with your daily quality of life. From headaches to chronic tinnitus (ringing in the ears), the symptoms of temporomandibular disorder (TMD) can exhibit themselves in a wide variety of ways. Fortunately, there is a simple and easy treatment available that can minimize your pain. Dr. Mason Miner offers effective and safe BOTOX® injections to treat TMJ and jaw tension.

Understanding TMJ

TMJ pain is often caused by excessive clenching and grinding of the teeth. For many patients, this tension occurs primarily at night and can cause the many unpleasant symptoms of TMD, which include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Crackling or grinding noises when the jaw is opened, closed or moved side-to-side
  • Discomfort in the face or areas surrounding it (mouth, ears and neck)
  • Difficulty moving the jaw
  • Frequent headaches (especially first thing in the morning)
  • Muscle spasm in the jaw or locking of the jaw joint

In later stages of TMD, it’s possible for the jaw to become permanently locked in place. Whether this is in a closed or an open position, it can make it impossible for normal activities like speaking, eating and drinking to take place. Jaw surgery may be required if your TMJ problems result in a locked jaw joint.

How Injections Work

BOTOX® injections can relieve jaw tension and pain by relaxing the muscles so they can’t contract tightly (especially during sleep). By preventing the ability of the jaw muscles to contract excessively, the injections help reduce the underlying causes of TMJ pain.

Dr. Mason Miner, a skilled and respected dentist in Durango, CO, offers BOTOX® injections at his practice. Only areas directly injected are affected. The main sites of injection include the masseter, frontalis and temporalis. In most cases, the procedure can be accomplished in just 30 minutes or less.

Schedule Your Appointment

If you’re ready to alleviate your TMJ pain, we’re ready to help. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Miner by calling our cutting-edge practice today.