Introducing dermal fillers for relief from the pain, stiffness of TMJ Disorder in Centerville, OH
As a holistic practice, Alex Bell Dental understands the relationships between the teeth and gums, as well as interconnected structures, and other parts of the body. In turn, Dr. Daniel Cobb and his associates appreciate that dentistry has the potential to positively affect every aspect of a patient’s life. With this approach to dentistry, Dr. Cobb and the team are no strangers to innovative techniques and treatments. We are pleased to offer Dermal Fillers for TMJ Disorder to Centerville, OH, area patients.
What are dermal fillers?
There are numerous types of dermal fillers on the market. The most popular brand names include Juvéderm and Radiesse. Fillers may be formulated with various active ingredients; however, they are commonly made from Hyaluronic Acid. HA is produced by our bodies naturally as a moisturizer and lubricant in the skin and joints. As we get older, our bodies’ production of HA decreases. This process, and other structural changes, resulting in dry, leathery skin, pronounced wrinkles and folds, and shallow or sunken areas.
Depending on the type of filler that is used, patients may have the product injected precisely into those “trouble areas” to “fill in” folds around the mouth, add volume to tear troughs, or the apples of the cheeks, and inflate thin lips. So, for this reason, dermal fillers are commonly administered as an aesthetic treatment.
How can fillers help with TMJ Disorder?
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder is characterized by discomfort, limited mobility, and other symptoms affecting the “hinge” or jaw joint that connects the jaws to the skull on either side of the face. The source of TMJD pain and dysfunction may be related to several different interrelated components, such as the deterioration of the cartilage that covers the bone and helps to facilitate movement. In turn, TMJD is associated with many conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Alex Bell Dental’s dentist is certified in the precise injection of both dermal fillers and Botox. When HA is injected into the regions around the joints, by way of a carefully selected filler product, this natural lubricant brings much-needed moisture and cushioning to these stressed or damaged areas of the jaw. Accordingly, dermal fillers can provide relief from the pain of TMJD and reduce or eliminate patients’ reliance on medications for pain control. The number of treatments required to experience improvement in TMJD depends on many factors, not limited to the type of product that is used.
Additionally, Alex Bell Dental takes a multi-disciplinary approach to manage TMJD symptoms. The team may recommend dermal fillers in conjunction with a range of other therapies, including physical exercises and massage, and correction of bite imbalances or teeth-grinding with oral splints and restorations.
For more information on fillers for TMJ Disorder, call (937) 200 8300 to schedule an appointment at Alex Bell Dental’s Centerville, OH office