BOTOX®, it’s not just for wrinkles anymore.
People are finding it helps them relieve pain in their jaws, along with headaches neck pain resulting from TMJ disorders.
What is TMJ?
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull (temporal bone) in front of the ear. Certain facial muscles that control chewing are also attached to the lower jaw. Located on both sides of the head at the point where the jawbone meets the skull, the TMJ is used during talking, eating, swallowing, and other everyday activities.
While the letters “TMJ” refer to the joint itself, it’s more commonly associated with disorders and pain in that area. The most common maladies are head and neck pain, facial pain, ear pain, headaches, a jaw that is locked in position or difficult to open, problems with biting, and jaw clicking or popping sounds when you bite. Overall, more women than men have TMJ syndrome.
What Does BOTOX® Do For TMJ?
When injected into facial muscles surrounding the TMJ, BOTOX® relieves jaw tension for many patients. The injections often eliminate headaches resulting from teeth grinding, and, in cases of severe stress, BOTOX® can even minimize lock jaw.
Many people don’t realize how tense their jaw muscles are. Even when not chewing or talking, the jaw muscles can tighten up without us realizing it. Some people become so tense, they don’t realize the headaches they’re experiencing stem from clenching their teeth unnecessarily. Voluntarily relaxing the jaws becomes too difficult, hence BOTOX® injections can bring about relaxation.
What is the BOTOX® Injection Like?
The BOTOX® treatment for TMJ disorders and jaw tension is usually quick, straightforward, non-surgical procedure. It can be performed in a dentist’s office easily. Most patients experience noticeable improvement within one or two days of their first treatment, although full relief can take up to a week.
Only the areas injected with BOTOX® will be relaxed; it does not affect any other areas of the body. The injections are mainly in the temporalis, frontalis and masseter. Additional sites may be injected with BOTOX® depending on the severity of the headaches.
The length of the procedure depends on the number of injections needed. Generally treatment for TMJ disorders can be completed within 10-30 minutes.
Is BOTOX® Treatments for TMJ Painful?
No. The only pain associated with the procedure is the tiny prick that comes from the needle. Otherwise, the patient feels no discomfort from the injection.
What to Expect After the BOTOX® Treatment
After BOTOX® treatment, muscle tightness will start to disappear almost immediately. Headaches and migraines that had resulted TMJ disorders will lessen, though may take up to a couple of weeks to fully alleviate. People with severe TMJ disorders may require multiple treatments over a year or more.
BOTOX® treatment is not permanent. The body will slowly metabolize the injectible over a period of 3 to 5 months. Continued treatments will eventually alleviate aches and pains associated with TMJ disorders.
Yes, We Offer BOTOX® Treatment for TMJ!
Alaska Smiles is a fully accredited to perform BOTOX® Treatment for TMJ disorders, as well as for cosmetic purposes. Contact us to schedule an evaluation.