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Five common questions regarding TMJ and dental treatment in Dayton

Dr. Daniel Cobb, Alex Bell Dental Image Of Broken Tooth

Over the years, we have had the opportunity to speak with, diagnose, and successfully treat many individuals suffering from the discomfort of TMJ disorder. In that time, we have been asked a variety of questions regarding this condition, its symptoms, and possible cures. Our experienced staff provides compassionate care with a great deal of understanding to our patients with TMJ disorder. This can be a complex condition, and we take an innovative, multi-faceted approach to dental treatment in our Dayton practice so that you can return to a state of wellbeing quickly without the need for invasive surgery.

Some of the common questions we answer regarding TMJ disorder include:

  1. Could my dizziness be caused by TMJ disorder?
    TMJ disorder, which affects not only the joints of the jaw, but also the surrounding muscles and ligaments, can cause dizziness in some patients. This may be experienced as a general feeling of imbalance. Dizziness tends to stem from the inner ear, and this area can be affected by swollen temporomandibular joints.
  2. I sometimes hear a popping sound when I move my jaw. Do I have TMJ disorder?
    One of the common symptoms associated with TMJ disorder is jaw clicking or popping. Experiencing popping or clicking is not a sure sign that temporomandibular joints are dysfunctional. Many of us have certain joints that click or pop when we move them, such as our knees or ankles, but have no problems within these joints other than that they are “noisy.” We look at other factors when diagnosing TMJ, such as discomfort, headaches, or limited range of motion.
  3. Can my TMJ disorder be cured?
    Despite the myriad of internet sites selling products and programs promising to “cure” TMJ disorder, there are currently only ways to manage this condition, which, for many, becomes chronic. The good news is that it is possible to control TMJD. Studies have shown that a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment, such as we devise here at Alex Bell Dental, are incredibly effective at managing the condition.
  4. Will my TMJD require surgery?
    Many sources would lead you to believe the only “cure” for TMJD is surgery. In fact, this drastic step often produces only temporary improvement to the condition, especially if underlying bite or jaw positioning is not addressed. From our experience, the combination of dental and neuromuscular treatment for TMJD is highly effective.
  5. I have heard that Botox® can be used to manage TMJD. How can that be – I thought Botox® was just for wrinkles?
    What you have heard about Botox® as a procedure for TMJD is correct. Botox® is not “just” for wrinkles and other signs of aging. In fact, Botox® was first used to treat medical conditions, such as cervical dystonia characterized by neck spasms.
  6. So, how can Botox® relieve my TMJ disorder pain and other symptoms?
    The active ingredient in Botox® relaxes the muscles that are responsible for expression lines, as well as the muscles that are a source of your TMJD pain and stiffness. Our dentist is certified to precisely inject Botox® and other types of injectable products (like dermal fillers) to the trigger points that may produce radiating or referred pain.
  7. What can I expect from Botox® for TMJD?
    Since the procedure is so precisely administered by a skilled and experienced medical practitioner, the effects of Botox® are targeted. Only the sites identified as potential trigger points and sources of TMJ pain will be affected. Injections are efficient and are often completed in around 30 minutes. Temporary injection site tenderness can be relieved with a cold compress or numbing cream. The number of treatments that are required and the body’s response to Botox® varies considerably from person to person.
  8. What are some therapies that may be combined with Botox®?
    Some of the other ways to manage TMJ Disorder, referenced on this page and explored in other pages, can complement, or heighten the results from Botox®. Again, the specific approach that we take to your TMJD is unique to you. Often, we may combine Botox® as an adjunct therapy with splints or oral appliances that are customized to reposition the jaws, ease jaw tension, and soften the “blow” or pressure produced from chronic teeth-grinding and teeth-clenching.

TMJ disorder can create inconvenience and distress. When treated appropriately, this condition can be kept under control, allowing you to enjoy life again.

Contact us today to learn how we treat TMJ disorder.


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Dr. Daniel Cobb

Dr. Daniel Cobb

A graduate from the Loma Linda University with degrees in Dentistry and Public Health, Dr. Daniel Cobb has 6 years of experience in international dental work and over 30 years of experience in private practice.

Whilst being a skilled and talented professional, Dr. Cobb firmly believes in providing the very best care to his clients so that they are at ease. He values dedication and strives to provide a genuine service to his community.

As a driven and focused expert, Dr. Cobb is certified in restorative and cosmetic dentistry and continues to educate himself on the positive impact of improving dental health.

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