A temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) can cause headaches, teeth grinding, clicking, and pain in your jaw.
When combined with other TMD treatments, prolotherapy injections can relieve discomfort affecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
Learn how prolotherapy injections from Dr. Jeffrey M. Dolgos near Buffalo, NY, can relieve pain in your temporomandibular joint.
What is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is a safe, injectable medical therapy that can relieve pain in the joints and muscles of a patient's body. This included the temporomandibular joints, which is the area where the mandible meets the cranium. Prolotherapy is also called regenerative injection technique.
Prolotherapy was developed by a surgeon in the 1950s to help patients suffering from sore muscles and joints caused by injury or disease. It involves injections of a solution containing dextrose, a natural sugar made from starch. Dextrose is similar to our own body's sugar, which is called glucose.
The dextrose solution functions as an irritant, which signals your body to send immune system cells and chemicals to the area. This can trigger a healing process that repairs inflamed or damaged muscle or joint tissue. Many orthopedic doctors use prolotherapy to treat patients with low back or knee pain.
A Quick TMJ Overview
The temporomandibular joints are the important juncture that connects the jawbone to the skull. These joints, as well as connected tendons and muscles, are responsible for moving our jaws in all different directions. Oral functions like chewing, speaking, and even yawning are controlled by these joints.
When injury, stress, dental misalignment, or arthritis cause a patient's TMJs to tighten, swell, or malfunction, it means they are suffering from an oral health issue called TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder.
TMD symptoms include teeth grinding (bruxism), migraines, head and face pain, as well as jaw clicking and locking. TMD also causes painful hypermobility. TMJ hypermobility means that jaw joint movement is extended beyond the normal range of motion.
Is TMJ Discomfort Common?
TMJ Discomfort and Prolotherapy
During a consultation at his Orchard Park, NY, practice, Dr. Dolgos can determine if prolotherapy can help reduce pain, inflammation, and hypermobility affecting your jaw joint as well as any tendons and muscles crucial to jaw movement.
He can then develop a customized prolotherapy plan just for you in order to reduce or eliminate discomfort cause by oral injury, dental misalignment, or arthritis.
Prolotherapy used to treat a TMJ disorder can potentially regenerate cartilage in areas of the jaw joint where cartilage was damaged.
It is important to know that prolotherapy has NOT been shown to reduce jaw clicking and popping. Therefore, Dr. Dolgos can combine injections of dextrose with state-of-the-art procedures and holistic therapies to treat other TMD symptoms.
Suffering from Pain in Your Jaw? Request a TMJ Prolotherapy Consultation
Pain and other symptoms caused by a temporomandibular joint disorder can severely affect your quality of life. A consultation with our dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Dolgos, can reveal the root of your TMD issues and help determine the best, most effective treatments. Our goal is to improve your health, oral function, and ability to enjoy life.
Buffalo TMJ in Orchard Park, NY, is focused on the health of the jaw and its impact on your well-being. It's time to start feeling, eating, and living better thanks to custom TMD treatment.
Contact Dr. Dolgas at his Buffalo, NY, area dental practice for a TMJ prolotherapy consultation. Please use our simple online form or just give us a call. Thank you.
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TMJ Prolotherapy Treatment
A prolotherapy treatment plan can vary depending on a patient's symptoms. Here is a typical therapy schedule that Dr. Dolgos may recommend to his Buffalo area patients. This schedule can help relieve discomfort in the temporomandibular joint.
Injections may be given by Dr. Dolgos in one or both joints. Patients may receive one to three injections around the area of each affected jaw joint.
The prolotherapy procedure is repeated at two-week, six-week, and three-month intervals as needed.
There should not be any swelling in the injection areas, though mild pain may occur. This should fade after a few days. As Dr. Dolgos will explain, the pain may be caused by the activation of the immune system and the reparative healing response.
Any TMJ Prolotherapy Side Effects
I Should Know About?
All medical procedures carry some side effects, even rare, mild, or temporary ones. Dr. Dolgos will use his vast skill and training to minimize the severity of side effects and reduce the risk of complications.
Common TMJ prolotherapy injection side effects include:
Temporary numbness on the side of the face and above the ear
Bruising and redness at the site of injection
Temporary paralysis of the facial nerve on the side of the injection, which can affect the ability to blink. This side effect occurs in one out of every five patients and only lasts about 30 minutes.
TMJ Treatments Dr. Dolgos Can Combine with Prolotherapy
Dr. Dolgos can design a custom-fitted mouth guard just for you, and then use precise 3D printing to create the oral appliance in his on-site dental lab. This appliance can stop teeth grinding caused by TMD, relax tight jaw joints and muscles, and shift misaligned jaws back into a healthier position.
Dr. Dolgos is qualified to inject BOTOX® into your jaw muscles to relax them. Targeting the muscles around the jaw joint can greatly reduce harmful TMJ disorder symptoms such as teeth grinding.
Dr. Dolgos uses state-of-the-art laser biostimulation to treat TMD. This painless procedure helps soothe tight and stressed jaw muscles. Relaxing these muscles can relieve pain and other symptoms affecting the temporomandibular joint.
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