Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMJ, is a condition that affects the jaw joint and the muscles responsible for jaw movement. It can be incredibly frustrating to deal with because it often leads to symptoms like jaw pain, clicking or popping sounds when chewing, headaches, and even difficulty opening or closing the mouth. These symptoms can disrupt daily activities such as eating, talking, and even sleeping, making it a challenging condition to manage.
Luckily, TKI offers a non-surgical treatment for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, helping you to feel like yourself again.
How can TKI help me treat TMJ?
At TKI, we provide:
Neuromodulators (like BOTOX®) are typically known for their cosmetic uses, but they can also be an effective treatment for TMJ. When injected into the jaw muscles, neuromodulators work by temporarily paralyzing or relaxing these muscles. This relaxation can alleviate the tension and excessive grinding or clenching that often exacerbates symptoms. By reducing muscle activity, neuromodulators can provide relief from jaw pain, headaches, and other discomfort associated with TMJ. While the effects are temporary and require periodic injections, many individuals find these treatments to be a valuable part of their management plan, offering much-needed relief from the condition’s frustrating symptoms.
These treatments also have the added benefit of slimming down the face.
What causes TMJ?
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder can have various underlying causes. Often, it results from a combination of factors, which may include jaw injury, misalignment of the teeth or jaw, excessive teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism), arthritis in the jaw joint, stress or anxiety, and even genetics. Any of these factors can contribute to the development of TMJ by affecting the balance and functioning of the jaw joint and its surrounding muscles. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is a complex condition with multifaceted causes, making its management and treatment tailored to individual circumstances.
Are there lifestyle changes that can help with TMJ?
Yes, lifestyle changes can be beneficial in managing Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and alleviating its symptoms. Some effective strategies include practicing relaxation techniques to reduce stress, avoiding habits like nail-biting or chewing gum that can exacerbate jaw tension, and adopting a soft diet that minimizes the need for excessive chewing. Maintaining good posture and avoiding resting the chin on the hand can also help.
Furthermore, incorporating gentle jaw exercises recommended by a healthcare provider or physical therapist can improve jaw mobility and reduce discomfort.
Schedule treatments for TMJ in Marlboro or East Brunswick
At TKI, we can help you find real relief to the debilitating symptoms of TMJ from one of our two locations in New Jersey. Your TKI provider will give you the best possible care for results that help and heal. For scheduling and appointments, call 8-555-DRKAGA or fill out the request appointment form on our website. Live pain-free today!