Wilson, Greenville, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, Raleigh & nearby areas

Thu, 02/13/2014

BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of the most popular treatments for relieving fine lines and wrinkles in the face. However, did you know BOTOX® has therapeutic capabilities, too? If you suffer from symptoms of TMJ, Goldsboro dentist Dr. Harvey Ham can use this injectable treatment to alleviate pain in the jaw, face, and neck.

BOTOX® Cosmetic works by arresting the nerve signals that tell muscles to contract. Weakening contraction makes muscles relax, which in turn rejuvenates the skin on your face. In addition to its beauty benefits, BOTOX® eases the tension in facial muscles commonly experienced by patients suffering from TMJ dysfunction.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) behaves like a hinge connecting the lower jaw to the upper jaw. If the joint doesn’t function properly, it can lead to persistent pain and tenderness in or around the jaw, severe headache, and other symptoms.

By applying BOTOX® Cosmetic through localized injections, Dr. Ham can relax tense muscles in your face and relieve the discomfort stemming from TMJ. Common injection sites for TMJ patients include:

  • Upper jaw
  • Lower jaw
  • Forehead, including the hairline

Though typical treatment for TMJ is a mouth guard appliance worn at night, some patients don’t experience the necessary decline in symptoms with this option. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a safe alternative. Signs of relief begin almost immediately after the injection, and effects can last for up to three months.

To find out more about BOTOX® Cosmetic and how it can treat TMJ, please contact Boles, Ham, Dixon & Boles or call 252-291-2892 today to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Ham serves patients in the Goldsboro area.