An estimated 10 million Americans are affected by a temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder, a group of conditions commonly referred to as TMJ disorder. These conditions can cause myofascial pain or discomfort, dislocated jaw, or even more serious injuries in some cases.
At Cottonwood Dental, we know that the jaw tension and headache pain often associated with TMJ disorder can be difficult to deal with, so we are happy to offer treatments to help alleviate the pain. Our recommended TMJ treatment? Botox.
TMJ and Botox
Located on either side of your head where the jawbone meets the skull, the temporomandibular joint is used during talking, chewing, yawning, and other everyday activities. With TMJ disorder—which can affect one or both sides of your face—problems develop with your jaw and the muscles that control it. A person suffering from TMJ disorder may clench or grind their teeth, resulting in tension, headaches, and sharp jaw pain.
Botox injections for TMJ have proven to be effective in relaxing muscles and providing relief. In a non-surgical procedure, Botox, a purified protein, can be injected to minimize tension and pain, including headaches caused by teeth grinding and, in more severe cases, lock jaw.
Here’s how it works: When injected, Botox blocks certain signals from your nerves to your muscles, temporarily weakening them. This reduces hyperactivity of the jaw, and prevents muscles from working too hard—breaking the cycle of pain associated with TMJ disorder.
So where is botox injected for TMJ? Into whichever facial muscles are sore and tense, often the forehead, temple, and jaw muscles. The number of injections needed varies from person to person, however, in all cases, TMJ treatment is quick and convenient, typically lasting 10-30 minutes.
After botox injections, you can expect to return to normal activities after just a few hours. However, to prevent spreading the dosage into other muscles, avoid rubbing or massaging the injected area. Strenuous exercise should also be avoided for 24 hours after treatment.
With botox treatment for TMJ, relief can last anywhere from three to five months, depending on how your body metabolizes it.
Using Botox for TMJ disorder can be a great option to treat the chronic pain of this condition. It’s non-surgical, requires no hospital stay and most patients see noticeable results within a day or two. If you’re looking for quick, non-invasive, effective relief for your TMJ symptoms, contact Cottonwood Dental and schedule your appointment with Dr. Giaquinto.
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Dentist at Cottonwood Dental
Dentistry is a profession that requires many layers of knowledge and training. My background encompasses three post-grad degrees along with a command of aesthetics and precision. Both of those are necessary when creating the great results that we promise our patients. Being a graduate of the University of New Mexico and Marquette University School of Dentistry has provided me with a launching point for my practice at Cottonwood Dental. My ongoing research… [Read full bio]