TMJ disorders can cause significant discomfort and prevent you from enjoying a healthy quality of life. Our dentists and team of dental professionals provide treatments to relieve your discomfort and help you improve your oral function. TMJ disorders can be treated with Botox to reduce the activity of facial muscles. Call Costa Dentistry today to learn more about TMJ treatment and BOTOX for TMJ in Ashburn, VA or request your appointment online.

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What is TMJ?

The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the joint that connects your upper and lower jaws. If this joint is out of place or not working as it should, it causes what is known as a TMJ disorder. TMJ disorders impact your ability to speak, eat, yawn and perform other daily functions easily and comfortably.

What are the symptoms of TMJ disorders?

Common symptoms of TMJ disorders include:

  • Locking and popping of the jaw while opening and closing the mouth
  • Earaches
  • Sore checks and jaw
  • Neck and shoulder pains
  • Teeth clenching or grinding
  • Pain when eating or speaking
  • Changes in your bite
  • Headaches, migraines and neck pain

How are TMJ disorders treated?

There are a number of treatments which our dentists may recommend based on your needs and the severity of the disorder, including:

  • Botox
  • Jaw and facial relaxation exercises
  • Night guards to prevent damage from clenching and grinding
  • Medication such as anti-inflammatories, over-the-counter pain relievers or muscle relaxants
  • Restorative dental treatments
  • Jaw surgery

How does Botox for TMJ work?

Botox has a variety of cosmetic purposes but it can also be used for therapeutic purposes. Botox can alleviate pain from tight jaws and other facial muscles that causes tension and headaches. The benefits of Botox for TMJ are:

  • Relaxes facial muscles
  • Alleviates pain in jaw
  • Reduces tension and headaches
  • Can last up to 3 months
  • Fast and easy process
  • Quick relief

Does Botox for TMJ alter face shape?

Botox for TMJ can positively change your face shape. Tensed jaw muscles can cause your face to appear wider. Botox helps to reduce the appearance of jaw muscles while decreasing pain from grinding and clenching. The cosmetic aspect is a bonus on top of the relief it provides.

How much does Botox for TMJ treatment cost?

The cost of treatment varies for each patient, depending on how many units of Botox are required to reduce swelling and alleviate pain. Botox is priced per unit and varies based on individual patient’s needs. We offer a complimentary consultation with Dr. Jean Kim in our Ashburn office to discuss a personalized treatment plan including required units, timing of injections, and anticipated results.

Are dentists certified to administer Botox?

Yes! Dr. Jean Kim in our Ashburn office is AAFE (American Academy of Facial Esthetics) certified in Botox, specifically in head and neck pain. Dr. Kim has received the highest level of accreditation and ongoing education to ensure your treatments are effective and stress-free.

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