Cosmetic injections are a popular nonsurgical procedure used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in the skin. Recently, they have also become recognized as an effective treatment to relieve TMJ symptoms.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is like a sliding hinge, and it connects the jawbone to the skull. Disorders affecting this joint can cause pain in both the joint itself and the surrounding muscles that control jaw movement. TMJ disorders can be caused by genetics, arthritis, or a jaw injury and can result in teeth grinding. If left untreated, this could wear down the teeth or even damage them. Various treatments are available to address TMJ disorders, such as night guards, medication, and stress relief techniques, any of which can be effective, depending on the individual. For fast and long-lasting relief, injections can be used.
The injection consists of a purified protein and is effective as a facial treatment because, when injected into the skin, it hinders muscle activity in the area, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. When used to treat TMJ disorders, the injections help to release tension in the joint. The 10-20 minute procedure is performed in our dentist’s office in Peoria, Arizona. There is no downtime required because it is a non-surgical treatment, so regular activity can be resumed immediately. The effects of the injection can last up to three months, resulting in less jaw pain, fewer headaches, and a higher quality of life.
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