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TMJ Disorders & Facial Pain


Botox treatment for TMJ and associated issues like bruxism has gained attention for its effectiveness, but it’s essential to consider its safety profile. While Botox is generally safe for many and sees over 6 million treatments annually, it isn’t suitable for everyone—especially those pregnant, nursing, or with specific medical histories. The injections target muscles like the masseter, temporalis, and pterygoid, aiming for symptom relief.

The treatment’s focus on muscle relaxation also addresses teeth grinding, or bruxism, alleviating symptoms like jaw pain and damaged teeth. The relief from Botox injections usually lasts three to four months, offering not just pain alleviation but ancillary benefits like reduced anxiety and improved sleep. Side effects are generally minimal but can include localized pain and more serious concerns like respiratory infections.

“Lake Park Dental is an excellent office! I like all the people, the way they embrace new technology and are constantly improving the services they provide. They always remember to ask about my life and family, and make me feel like a favorite every time. They also work with you, whatever your circumstances. Dr. Graham and her team are all skilled, and truly care about the health of their clients.”

Emory C.

Custom Orthotics (Mouth/Night Guard)

Our custom orthotics play a pivotal role in treating and correcting Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). Designed with advanced biomechanical considerations, these orthotics serve to retrain the masticatory muscles, thereby fostering an efficient chewing process. The end goal is to establish a harmonious relationship between the TMJ, masticatory muscles, and teeth, simulating what would exist under ideal force equilibrium. Such a balanced system not only halts further joint damage, including osteoarthritis but also effectively reduces TMJ clicking. In addition, these custom orthotics elevate the low bite, correct the position of jaw joints and the joint of the disc, and offer much-needed stabilization. Furthermore, they are proficient in eliminating disturbing contacts in the bite or compensating for missing contact surfaces. The overarching objective is a comprehensive and enduring resolution to TMD symptoms. A consultation is advised to explore how these custom orthotics can benefit your specific condition.

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Laser Therapy

For patients experiencing discomfort and functional issues related to TMJ, Infrared Light Therapy serves as a promising approach. It employs a specific wavelength range of 810-880 nm, allowing for deep penetration into soft tissues for cellular repair and regeneration. This range is distinct from that of Low-Level Laser Light Therapy, offering a more effective reach into muscles, tendons, and even bone. Scientific studies have shown significant relief in TMJ symptoms such as pain, clicking, and muscle tenderness with just one 10-15 minute session of Infrared Light Therapy. Moreover, about 30% of the treatment effects were found to remain even six months post-treatment. This therapy isn’t a definitive cure but represents a substantial advancement in treating TMJ discomfort.

LED Light Therapy

We also utilize the Perfectio X which is a powerful and effective pain treatment that uses LED light technology. It warms up to 42°C (107°F), promoting topical heating that enhances blood circulation to the treatment area. Improved circulation results in a greater supply of nutrients to nourish your cells.

3D CBCT Scan / MRI Referrals

For comprehensive TMJ diagnosis, 3D Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) scans offer an unparalleled level of detail. Unlike standard dental x-rays, CBCT scans provide a 3D view of the bone structure, tooth position, soft tissues, and nerve pathways in your head and face. This high level of detail is crucial for evaluating the complexities of TMJ disorders, helping healthcare providers formulate an effective treatment plan. The CBCT scanning arm rotates around your head, capturing multiple exposures that are then reconstructed into a single, three-dimensional image. This entire process takes less than a minute, offering both speed and precision in diagnostic imaging. In cases where soft tissue assessment is needed, MRI referrals can complement CBCT data for a holistic view of TMJ conditions.

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