TMJ and Cranio-facial Pain

TMJ and Cranio-facial Pain Relief

Patients may have TMJ or Cranio-facial pain (headaches) for a number of different reasons, but most often it is a result of over use of the muscles of mastication (chewing) or facial expression.  The muscles may be over used due to a parafunctional habit or often times from a sleep breathing disorder.  It is important to have a thorough Cranio-facial exam to determine  exactly where the pain is coming from and how it should be treated.  A number of different treatments exist.  A sleep breathing disorder or nighttime bruxing (clenching/grinding) can be evaluated by a simple home sleep test.  We use the Nox T3 to test for night time bruxing and see if it is correlated to a sleep breathing disorder.  Splint Therapy/Oral Appliance Therapy, occlusal equlibration or muscle relaxation by the use of neromodulators are often used to eliminate or reduce pain in the TMJ and restore proper function of the joint.

Botox® TMJ Treatment 
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 Neuromodulators such as Botox, Dysport or Xeomin can also be used as an alternative treatment for TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) disorders and associated jaw tightness and pain. When injected into the tense, painful facial muscles, neuromodulators can relieve the TMJ and jaw tension in many patients. These injections often eliminate headaches that result from teeth grinding, and, in many patients decrease the hyperactivity of the muscles and restore the range of motion of the jaw.

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Dr. Sockwell has received special training on the use and administration of neuromodulators through the American Academy of Facial Esthetics and has even served as a mentor training new injectors in the use of neuromodulators. She offers neuromodulator treatments in her Dahlonega office along with a comprehensive exam and treatment plan to fully address the problem.