Botox for TMJ Treatment
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can be painful and aggravating. Jaw and facial pain, as well as headaches and jaw dysfunction, can impact your quality of life. There are many different causes of TMJ disorders, but tension in the masseter (jaw) muscles can often contribute to jaw pain and dysfunction. As part of our general dentistry services at Restore Dental, we offer screening for TMJ disorders and advanced treatment options to give our patients relief. One option we may recommend is Botox® for TMJ treatment, which can be a non-invasive option to relieve jaw pain.
Botox injections are infamous for treating lines and wrinkles for cosmetic purposes, but Botox is also a medical treatment that is used for over 20 different medical conditions. Botox has been FDA-approved for medical use for decades, and it can be beneficial for the treatment of TMJ disorders. Botox is a neuromodulator that works by blocking nerve signals that cause muscle contraction. For TMJ disorders, Botox injections can target the masseter muscles, the large muscles that connect and move the lower jaw. Relaxing the jaw muscles and limiting contractions can reduce jaw pain and strain on the temporomandibular joint for TMJ relief.
Jaw Pain Relief With Botox Injections
If you suffer from jaw pain, a popping/clicking jaw, locked jaw, headaches and other symptoms of TMJ or TMD, Botox treatment may be right for you. Botox treatment for TMJ is non-invasive and can be performed in about 15 minutes at our office. The injections target the jaw muscles and relax a tight jaw, resulting in less pain and better jaw function. In some studies, patients with TMJ disorders experienced up to 90% symptom relief with Botox treatments. Botox injections can be used in conjunction with other TMJ treatments to resolve the associated symptoms.
Botox injections begin to work within a few days after treatment, and results can last for three to four months. Some patients may need repeated treatments every few months to maintain results. Botox injections are safe, and there are very few possible side effects. The most common side effects are slight bruising or swelling at the site of the injections.
If you have jaw pain or other symptoms from TMJ/TMD, visit us at Restore Dental in Highlands Ranch, CO. We can relieve jaw pain with options like Botox for TMJ treatment. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.