TMJ Treatment in Fairfax, VA

Visit Our TMJ Disorder Specialist for Effective Jaw Pain Relief

We know that walking around in pain can disrupt your daily activities and lower your quality of life.

Disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) are well-known for causing sufferers chronic jaw pain, headaches, and even difficulty chewing. The cause varies from person to person with the most common reasons being anxiety disorders, injury, certain medications or misalignment of the jaw bone. Our dentists recognise the need for non-invasive treatments for this common disorder which is why we are excited to offer Botox and oral appliance therapy to bring you much-needed relief.


Common TMJ Symptoms

The earlier you are able to identify TMJ symptoms the sooner we can intervene with non-invasive treatment options.

Jaw Pain

Pain that is felt directly in the jaw joint is one of the most immediate and noticeable signs of a TMJ disorder. The pain is usually bothersome while eating or speaking, but as the disorder progresses the pain can become a constant ache.

Clicking or Popping Sounds

If you hear a clicking or popping noise when you move your jaw this could be a sign of TMJ. These sounds may or may not be accompanied by pain but indicate that the joint is not functioning correctly.

Difficulty or Pain While Chewing

TMJ disorders can make chewing difficult and uncomfortable. The pain can range from mild to so severe it restricts what you can eat.


TMJ disorders can lead to the jaw being stuck in an open or closed position. This locking of the jaw can be temporary or might require medical intervention to relieve.

Ear Pain and Headaches

Many people with TMJ disorders experience ear pain that might be mistaken for an ear infection. The disorder can also cause tension headaches which are typically felt around the temple area.

Botox for Bruxism & TMJ

Our dentist in Oakton, VA, now offers Botox as a non-invasive and highly-effective treatment for TMJ disorders and to prevent teeth grinding.

Botox (Botulinum toxin) works by temporarily blocking nerve signals that cause muscle contractions. It reduces the muscle activity that can lead to TMJ pain and the excessive grinding associated with bruxism when injected into the facial muscles responsible for jaw movement. Relaxing these muscles can significantly decrease jaw tension, facial pain, and headaches.

Botox can alleviate the strain on the jaw and the associated discomfort by reducing the intensity of the muscle contractions. Patients often report a reduction in pain and an improvement in their ability to chew and speak comfortably shortly after treatment.

Botox treatment for TMJ disorder and teeth grinding

Why Choose Botox To Treat Your TMJ?

Gone are the days where Botox is only for aesthetics! At Oakton Family Dentistry we exclusively use Botox to treat TMJ and bruxism. Here’s why we (and our patients) love this treatment:

  • Prevention of Tooth Damage: Bruxism can begin to wear down the teeth and cause tooth damage, sensitivity, and erosion. Reducing teeth grinding can prevent the damage and potentially prevent more severe issues down the line.
  • Minimally Invasive with Quick Results: One of the advantages of Botox treatment is its non-surgical nature. The injections are minimally invasive and can be completed during a regular office visit. Many patients report noticeable improvements in their symptoms within a few days to a week after treatment, with the effects typically lasting several months.
  • Tailored To You: We include Botox injections as a part of a comprehensive approach to managing TMJ and bruxism. We look at your case individually and may combine complementary treatments like mouth guards for optimal results.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Get Effective Jaw Pain Relief Today!

Trust our TMJ disorder specialist to give you lasting relief from teeth grinding, jaw pain, and headaches to get back to living life to the fullest.

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