Jaw Tension Treatments
Increasingly, Botulinum toxin A is used as an alternative treatment for TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) disorders and associated jaw tension and pain. When injected into facial muscles afflicted with soreness and discomfort, Botulinum toxin A relieves TMJ and jaw tension for many patients. The injections often reduce headaches resulting from teeth grinding, and, in cases of severe stress, Botulinum toxin A can even minimise lock jaw. Although Botulinum toxin A treatment for these conditions is presently experimental, evidence indicates that it can be extremely effective.
TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is an acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ; the joint connecting the lower jaw to the skull). The disorder and resultant dysfunction results in significant pain and impairment for many.
How Does Botulinum toxin A treat Jaw Tension & TMJ Disorder?
Located on both sides of the head at the point where the jawbone meets the skull, the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) is used during talking, eating, swallowing, and other everyday activities. If this joint becomes displaced or is overworked through excessive teeth grinding, a person may suffer severe tension headaches, as well as sharp pain in the jaw. Botulinum toxin A relieves jaw tension by making muscles unable to engage in the powerful, often unconscious movement of the jaw that produces headaches and pain.
The Botulinum toxin A alternative treatment for TMJ disorders and jaw tension is usually quick, straightforward, and effective. A non-surgical procedure, Botulinum toxin A injections are administered in a doctor’s office, and treatment requires no hospital stay. Most patients experience noticeable improvement within two to three weeks of their first treatment, although relief can take up to many more weeks and may require several treatments.
Bruxism is grinding of the teeth, typically accompanied by clenching of the jaw.
Teeth grinding or bruxism is a problem that afflicts a large percentage of individuals. Upto 5-20% of adults and upto 30% of children in the age group of 5-6 suffer from nocturnal bruxism. Aggravated by stress, this condition frequently runs in families. People that clench their teeth during the day or at night mostly do so without knowing that they are doing it - they can't help themselves. Those that only grind at night only know that they are doing it if they wake up with jaw soreness or if their dentist notices that they are wearing down their teeth.
Bruxism and TMD can result in headaches, earaches, facial pain, chipped teeth and chewed tissue on the inside of the mouth. Chronic grinding will often lead to a hypertrophied masseter muscle - the main muscle that is used for chewing. This is a muscle that is located at the angle of the jaw. Grinding builds this muscle and makes it stronger, like lifting weights does for the biceps. The stronger the muscle gets, the more damage clenching causes to the teeth. Headaches and facial pain also tend to get worse with time.
Though Botulinum toxin A injections are best known for their cosmetic applications, Botulinum toxin A Therapeutic can relieve painful conditions triggered by the muscles of the jaw. As a therapeutic tool, Botulinum toxin A is an integral part of dental implant surgery, TMJ treatment.
Our specialist doctors have been using Botox to treat chronic teeth grinding successfully for many years with minimal complications. Not only are our patients experiencing great relief from jaw pain, jaw soreness, tension and headaches, but they are seeing a dramatic change in the way that their face looks. The square, severe appearance of their lower face softens into a more normal and aesthetically pleasing jaw line.
This change occurs over two or three sessions of Botox, as the masseter muscle shrinks and weakens gradually. This treatment is not intended to break the habit of teeth grinding (though there are reports of patients grinding less).
Our treatment of teeth grinding is relatively painless with a single (usually) injection on each side. Results from Botox treatment of bruxism start with a few days after injection and last for about 3-6 months. Initially patients are advised to return within a shorter period of time for reassessment and maintenance dose. The dose intervals get prolonged with repeated treatments. Your doctor will be best able to inform you about the treatment plan based on your individual case.
During your free initial consultation, our specially trained cosmetic doctor will evaluate your unique needs, desired end results, and explain your options. The doctors will also help you determine which treatment, or combination of treatments, will work best to achieve the look that you desire. You will have the opportunity to view before and after photos, so that you will know exactly what to expect.
How much does the procedure cost?
It depends on how much the product is used. On average the cost is between £320 and £500 per treatment. The exact price will be determined by the doctor during your initial free evaluation and is based on the individual case.
Our Highly Trained & Experienced Physician
Dr. Salinda Johnson (MD., FSCD)
Dr. Salinda Johnson, is a well-respected and highly experienced Senior Aesthetic Doctor. She has also been a lecturer and trainer in Aesthetic medicine for many years. She regularly trains doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners on a range of medical aesthetic procedures with an emphasis on best practice and optimum treatment results. In addition, she writes articles for Aesthetic industry magazines and publications...
Dr. Johnson obtained her Medical degree (MD) from renowned Khon Kaen University, Thailand, in 1998. After attaining her Medical degree, she became passionate in Aesthetic medicine, so she had completed a Fellowship program in Cosmetic Dermatology at Supannahong Skin Institute, Thailand, in 2000. This confirms her expertise in all aspects of Aesthetic Dermatology. Since then, Dr. Johnson has been working in the leading Thailand and UK cosmetic companies and has regularly trained and updated in Cosmetic Medicine by attending number of courses, workshops, conferences and seminars in Thailand, UK, South Korea, etc.
Dr Johnson specialises in injectable treatments such as botulinum toxin and fillers, these treatments are her passion and she has over 10 years experience in this field. She is experienced in laser lipolysis and has particular interests in the Obagi and other skin peel treatments. She also carries out mole or skin tag removal treatments, the scar treatments and the non surgical rhinoplasty.
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