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St. Albert, AB

(780) 460-0000

TMJ Muscle-relaxing Treatment

The pain associated with temporomandibular joint disorder (or TMJ) can be wide-spread, long-lasting, and endlessly frustrating. Many patients simply resign themselves to the pain, but this is not your only option.

Otara Dental offers Botox® injections to help relieve the pain associated with TMJ.

Request an appointment to find out if Botox® treatments could help alleviate your TMJ symptoms.

What is TMJ?

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is also known as your jaw joint. However, this acronym is also used to describe various jaw joint disorders.

TMJ disorder refers to any issues with the muscles, tissues, or bones in and around the jaw joint itself. It can develop for a number of reasons including injury, joint disease and very commonly tooth clenching and grinding.

Symptoms of TMJ

The symptoms of TMJ can include:

  • Jaw, ear, neck, or facial pain
  • Headaches including migraines
  • Clicking, popping, or grinding noises from the jaw
  • Locking jaw
  • Difficulty opening or closing the mouth
  • Ringing or stuffiness in the ears

Common treatments include:

  • Short term courses of muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Physiotherapy and massage
  • Professionally fabricated mouthguards to reduce clenching and grinding forces
  • Soft diet and heat

Most patients respond well to these common treatments. For the few that don’t neuromodulators such as Botox can be very helpful.

How Can Botox® Help With TMJ?

There’s lots of anecdotal evidence to indicate that Botox® can help reduce the severity and frequency of headaches and jaw pain caused by tooth clenching and grinding. Botox® is a medication which temporarily relaxes muscles while also reducing their sensitivity to pain. When injected into the major clenching muscles of the face, Botox® can reduce the strain and tension held in the muscles surrounding the jaw.

Request an appointment to find out how Botox® can help with TMJ.

Our Location

Located Northeast of Servus Credit Union Place in Campbell Business Park

Otara Dental

15 Carleton Dr #102
St. Albert AB, T8N 7K9

Contact Information

  • Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM*
  • Sunday: Closed
  • *select Saturdays from October-April. Please call for more information.
  • We offer same-day appointments subject to availability

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