San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 12, 2012
Botox is a purified protein that is administered in therapeutic, medicinal doses to allow controlled relaxation for abnormal muscle contraction. As of 2002, the FDA approved Botox as part of a therapeutic treatment plan for the treatment of myogenic TMD condition. San Diego dentist, Dr. Susie Kwok is utilizing Botox injections to treat the symptoms of Temporal Mandibular Joint Disease (TMJD) and bruxism. This innovative, non-surgical treatment method utilizes Botox injections to relax and weaken muscles that are tense or strained.
To provide relief from numerous TMJD symptoms, Dr. Kwok injects Botox directly into the affected muscle using a fine needle to minimize discomfort and maximize the accuracy of the protein placement. Injecting low doses of this purified protein into the muscle blocks or reduces the release of the neurotransmitter required for muscle contraction. Once blocked, this results in a relaxed muscle that is unable to pull, stretch, and cause pain.
Dr. Kwok says that some of the symptoms that this treatment can alleviate are “headaches, including migraine type headaches; tightness and severe pain in the muscles of the jaw and head region; pain in the teeth and jaw; inability to open or close the mouth, jaws that lock on opening or closing, and may prevent further damage to the TMJ.”
There are many benefits to using Botox as a treatment method for TMJD. Apart from being non-surgical, the procedure typically only takes a few minutes to perform and requires no anesthesia. It may take a couple of days to notice improvements, but the effects will typically last between four and six months.
Those suffering from TMJD symptoms are encouraged to visit Dr. Susie Kwok’s website for details on the procedure. Dr. Kwok uses her website as an informative tool to improve public health. Many can learn about the various procedures and treatments offered at the practice, after visiting the website. There is also a page outlining the use of Botox for TMJ and describing the various effects of the treatment.
“Patients suffering from various types of headaches are not aware that bruxism can be an origin of their pain, and this simple procedure with Botox can relieve them of headaches and muscle and jaw tightness,” Dr. Kwok says.
About Susie C. Kwok, DDS:
Dr. Susie Kwok established her Hillcrest dental practice, Uptown Dental Office, in 1997. She acquired her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1987. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1991 from the University Of Southern California School Of Dentistry. While attending dental school, she received multiple Dean’s List awards.
Dr. Kwok is an active member of many professional associations including the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the San Diego County Dental Society. Along with remaining active in these dental societies, she also participates in many hours of continuing education each year to remain current on the latest dental practices and methodologies.