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Personal Care Dentistry Offers Cutting-Edge Treatment for Migraine Headaches and TMJ

Dr. Kyle Hunt at Personal Care Dentistry is now providing patients with a new therapeutic option for addressing chronic migraine headaches or ongoing pain from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain.

Dr. Kyle’s decision to become certified by the American Academy of Facial Esthetics was a result of his receiving Botox injections for chronic TMJ pain. The series of injections he received proved beneficial in reducing the pain and discomfort he suffered from TMJ.

According to Dr. Kyle, “Botox injections are a cutting-edge therapeutic treatment approach for a number of debilitating conditions, including TMJ and chronic migraines. Personal Care Dentistry strives to provide our patients with the most advanced health care treatments available, and we believe Botox injections give us another tool to help our patients with chronic pain and discomfort.”

Dr. Kyle was recently certified by the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, which provides training through the AAFE’s total facial esthetics courses which allows medical professionals to become competent and confident in incorporating facial esthetics into their practice. This is accomplished by understanding the mechanisms of injectables, reviewing the facial expression muscles, indications, risks and benefits of these treatments, all within a hands-on training environment.

The AAFE courses add-on to Dr. Kyle’s extensive graduate training and 10 years of hands-on experience as a Doctor of Dentistry.

What Is Botox?

Botox injections are injections that use a purified form of the botulinum toxin to prevent a muscle from moving for a limited time. These injections can also address chronic pain and discomfort in certain parts of the body, especially in the head and neck region. Specifically, Botox injections can provide therapeutic relief to chronic migraine sufferers and folks who suffer from TMJ.

The medicine in Botox injections used by licensed healthcare providers meet medical control standards established and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. According to the internationally known Mayo Clinic, bacteria toxins used for medical purposes are not harmful if used correctly.

 

Botox Therapeutic Treatment Overview

It is important to understand that treatment options for facial pain and headaches vary based on the type and cause of pain. At Personal Care Dentistry, we believe that it is most beneficial to our patients to utilize conservative options when treating facial pain. That’s why we recommend that patients interested in Botox injections as a treatment approach for chronic migraine headaches or TMJ come in and meet with Dr. Kyle for a Complimentary Consultation. Dr. Kyle will review your condition, determine if you are a candidate for this treatment, and explain how a course of therapeutic treatment is administered. The frequency of injections will depend on the severity of your condition.

Botox injections are being used more frequently in dental offices as therapeutic treatments for TMJ and chronic migraines. Studies have shown patients who received these injections experienced significant improvement in pain, function, ability to open their mouth, and levels of tenderness to palpation.

 

Treatment for Chronic Migraine Headaches

If you have a history of chronic migraines, then you know about the severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head, that identifies most migraine attacks. You may have also suffered some of the other unpleasant side-effects of a migraine – nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. According to the Mayo Clinic, migraine attacks can last for hours to days, and the pain can be so bad that it interferes with your daily activities. One out of 8 Americans suffers from migraine headaches.

Botulinum toxin to treat chronic migraines is given at intervals of about 12 weeks as multiple injections into seven specific head and neck sites to try to dull future headache symptoms.

 

Treatment for TMJ

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and its associated muscles control chewing and movement of the jaw. It is a hinge joint connecting the mandible to the temporal bone of the skull. TMJ pain is often the result of issues with the joint and/or surrounding muscles including, but not limited to, grinding/clenching of teeth, stress in facial muscles, dislocation of the disc, arthritis or trauma to the jaw.

Symptoms of TMJ related facial pain include:

  • Pain and tenderness in the face, jaw, neck, temples and shoulders
  • Limited range of motion concerning the jaw
  • Feeling of jaw being stuck or locked in position
  • Clicking, popping sounds in the jaw when opening and closing
  • Tense muscles in the face and neck
  • Difficulty chewing or feeling teeth aren’t coming together properly

TMJ treatment through Botox injections can be used as a chronic pain treatment to alleviate TMJ headaches and all other pain and discomfort associated with TMJ.

 

Schedule Your Complimentary Consultation

If you would like to meet with Dr. Kyle Hunt, Personal Care Dentistry’s certified Botox practitioner, call our office at (651) 636-0655 to schedule your Complimentary Consultation.