Are You Dealing With TMJ Pain? Try Botox for Relief!

You may recognize Botox®, or botulinum toxin, as a wrinkle fighter. But it has proven to be effective for more than just smoothing away fine lines. Because Botox relaxes your facial muscles, it can relieve pain in your mouth and jaw, including temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. TMJ disorder causes discomfort while chewing and can make it difficult to open and close your mouth. 

Dr. David E. Wiley is an exceptionally experienced cosmetic and general dentist who can mitigate painful symptoms affecting your daily life and dental health. Botox injections offer a simple solution to address muscular jaw pain and provide effective relief from common TMJ symptoms. 

What is Botox?

Botox is a naturally occurring toxin that temporarily interrupts communication between your nerves and muscles. While it’s better recognized as a cosmetic treatment, it can also address several medical concerns.

It has proven to be a powerful therapy for dental conditions like TMJ. By injecting the solution into the areas contributing to your jaw discomfort, we can help decrease your pain significantly. 

What to expect from treatment

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located on both sides of your head where the jawbone meets the skull. It assists everyday activities like talking, eating, and swallowing. If the joint becomes overworked through excessive teeth grinding or if it becomes displaced, you may experience tension headaches, sharp pain, or severe jaw tension.  

Botox treatments provide a nonsurgical option that is quick and effective.We begin with a consultation to determine if you’re a good candidate for treatment. If you haven’t responded to other conservative treatments, you may find relief from muscular jaw pain with Botox. 

Dr. Wiley applies a topical numbing cream to the area to prevent any discomfort during the process. Several injections may be necessary to weaken various trigger points in your muscles. 

The entire process usually takes about 10-30 minutes. Within a couple of days, you should experience noticeable improvements as your jaw muscles begin to relax. 

There is no downtime, and you can return to your regular activities immediately following treatment. But be careful to avoid strenuous physical activity for at least 24 hours following the procedure.

Reducing hyperactivity of the jaw by relaxing related muscles breaks your chronic pain cycle and is effective in treating sharp or aching pain. Botox isn’t a permanent solution, but results last anywhere from three to 12 months. You should expect to schedule at least three Botox sessions over a few months for the best results. 

Risks associated with Botox 

Some common side effects associated with Botox treatments include: 

If you’re considering Botox as an option for relieving pain associated with symptoms of TMJ, call our office or book an appointment online. 

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