Lafayette, LA TMJ Dentist
Are you looking for a TMJ dentist in Lafayette, LA? The first step (and most important) step is to examine the credentials and experience of any dentist you might be considering. And here is why:
Currently, the American Dental Association (ADA) does not recognize the treatment of TMJ as a dental specialty. Therefore, no dentist can actually claim to be a “TMJ specialist.” However, there are a handful of dentists who have received specialized training in the treatment of TMJ and other orofacial disorders. Dr. Mike Malone at Camellia Dental is one such dentist.
In addition to his dental school training and decades of experience, Dr. Malone has extensive post-graduate training in treating temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain. He trained at the Dawson Academy twice, completing several courses related to TMJ function, as well as the Pankey Institute, an internationally recognized center for education in restorative, TMJ, and cosmetic procedures.
What is TMJ?
Although the abbreviation “TMJ” refers to the temporomandibular joint, it is often used as an umbrella term for any disorder where the temporomandibular joint and/or muscles used for chewing become painful, inflamed, or locked in place. The most common disorder of this kind is called TMJ dysfunction or “TMD.”
TMD is usually self-diagnosable. Signs and symptoms including jaw pain, tenderness, difficulty chewing, and clicking and locking of the jaw. TMD is not life-threatening, but it can affect one’s quality of life, as the symptoms can become chronic and difficult to manage.
Botox/Dysport for Treatment of TMJ
Many patients in the Lafayette area seek out Dr. Malone for his known success in treating the discomfort caused by TMJ and other orofacial disorders.
For TMJ treatment, Dr. Malone uses Botox/Dysport. These botulinum toxin injections are safely and commonly used for cosmetic and therapeutic purposes. You’ve probably heard of Botox being used for the reduction of facial wrinkles, creases, and lines. For patients with TMJ, Botox/Dysport is just as effective.
When Botox/Dysport is injected into sore or tense jaw muscles, it can reduce and even eliminate TMJ pain. The treatment is straightforward and can be completed within 30 minutes in our office. Full relief takes about one to two weeks, and repeat sessions are recommended for optimal relief.
As with any drug or medication, there may be contraindications. During your initial consultation, Dr. Malone will discuss your medical history with you to determine if Botox/Dysport treatment is right for you.
To make an appointment, please give us a call. Or complete the form on our request an appointment page, and we’ll reach out to you.