TMJ & TMD & Botox

If you’ve ever had pain in your jaw, you may be suffering from TMJ or TMD. These are two common conditions that can cause a lot of discomforts. Here’s what you need to know about each condition and how you can find relief. TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. If you’re one of the 10 million Americans affected by temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), you know how painful and frustrating the condition can be. This condition is caused by a misalignment of the jaw, which can be due to a number of factors, including teeth grinding, arthritis, or even stress. The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull. If you have TMJ, you may experience pain in your jaw, clicking or popping sounds when you move your jaw or even headaches.

There are both non-surgical and surgical treatments for TMJ. One common treatment for TMJ is orthodontic treatment, using mouthguards or splints to protect the joint. Also, physical therapy is used to stretch and strengthen the muscles around the joint, as well as anti-inflammatory medication.

This can involve braces or other devices that help to align the teeth and jaw. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the alignment of the jaw. Another treatment option for TMJ is physical therapy. This can help to stretch and strengthen the muscles around the jaw, which can help to reduce pain.

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Massage therapy and acupuncture are also sometimes used to treat TMJ. TMD stands for Temporomandibular Dysfunction. This is a condition that affects the muscles and tissues around your jaw. If you have TMD, you may experience pain in your jaw, neck, or shoulders, headaches, or even ear pain.

Once a diagnosis of TMD is made, the goal of treatment is to reduce pain and improve jaw function. Treatment may include a combination of self-care measures, medication, and dental or orthopedic devices.

Self-care measures for TMD include avoiding foods that are hard to chew, eating soft foods, and avoiding large bites. You should also avoid chewing gum and biting your nails. Applying ice to the jaw can help reduce pain and swelling.

Medications that may be used to treat TMD include pain relievers, muscle relaxants, and anti-inflammatory drugs. In some cases, we would administer injections of botulinum toxin (Botox) into the jaw muscles.

Dental or orthopedic devices, such as mouthguards and splints, can also help treat TMD. These devices help to reduce jaw muscle tension and protect the teeth from grinding or clenching.

If you are suffering from TMJ and TMD, please get in touch with us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pavlicic and Dr. Singh. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and help you make the best treatment plan for your oral health.

Meet the doctors

Dr. Medha Singh

Dr. Medha Singh received her doctorate, certificate in periodontology, and Master of Science from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Singh also received training in oral implantology from Harvard University School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Singh has served on the faculty at both Tufts and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. At Tufts, she focused her research on drug therapies for managing periodontal disease in patients with salivary hypofunction and published her findings in various dental journals. She has also presented her research work at dental conferences, including the International Association for Dental Research, the American Academy of Periodontology, and the American Academy of Oral Medicine.

In addition, Dr. Singh has received awards for her research. In 2010, she was awarded a scholarship granted by the International Team for Implantology (ITI) Foundation based in Switzerland.

Outside of her clinical and scholarly activities, Dr. Singh is an active participant in local community activities and organizations. She has offered her knowledge and skills as a volunteer in underprivileged communities and continues to serve as a mentor to students interested in dental careers.

Dr. Katarina Pavlicic

Dr. Pavlicic is a graduate of the Boston University Dental School.

In 2005, she attended Lutheran Medical Center’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program and was awarded a Certificate of Advanced Dental Graduate Study.

Dr. Pavlicic graduated from the world-renowned Misch International Implant Institute and the Kois Center for Advanced Dentistry.

Dr. Pavlicic has been Oral Sedation DOCS Certified since 2006.

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