TMJ disorder causes pain in the jaw that can lead to debilitating headaches or muscle pains that can impact daily life. For people who are living with this condition and have tried other treatment options, botox injections for TMJ disorders may be the next step to reducing painful and frustrating symptoms.
Here at Riverbend Family Dentistry, we work hard to offer relieving treatments for people dealing with all kinds of dental issues, including TMJ disorders. And, are proud to announce one of our most novel treatments for managing TMJ disorders, botox treatments. Find out if this type of treatment may be right for you and if it’s the next step you should take on your treatment journey for managing painful symptoms associated with your TMJ diagnosis.
What is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is a joint that is located in the jaw that assists with the movement of the mouth to enable speaking and eating. So, TMJ disorders are disorders that affect this joint. They are typically caused by stress to this joint, which can lead to the tension of this joint that can result in a number of symptoms including:
- soreness of the jaw
- facial swelling
- a clicking noise when opening and closing of the mouth
- teeth grinding
- pain around the neck and/or shoulders
- tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
How Botox Injections for TMJ Disorders Can Help
Botox injections are specifically used in TMJ disorder diagnoses that haven’t responded well to other types of treatments. Essentially, it works to ease the frustrating symptoms that accompany this disorder. Botox contains a protein that impairs the nerve’s ability to communicate muscle contraction, which is believed to be the symptom-relieving property of this treatment for TMJ disorders. Some of the symptoms of TMJ that Botox has shown to relieve include:
- rigidity and tightness of the jaw
- locking of the jaw
- headaches caused by jaw tension and teeth grinding
Are Botox Injections for TMJ Disorders Effective?
There are many studies that indicate that Botox injections for people struggling with the symptoms of TMJ disorders are effective. Specifically, for people who have tried other treatments without the symptom relief they expect or need. In many case studies, Botox injections for people dealing with treatment-resistant symptoms of TMJ disorders show symptom relief efficacy. Specifically, in one study composed of 90 participants, 91% of patients showed improved pain relief associated with their TMJ diagnosis. So, yes, Botox is effective in helping people who have tried other methods of symptom relief for a TMJ diagnosis.
What to Expect From Botox Treatments for TMJ Disorder Symptoms
Most people who consider Botox injections for TMJ disorders haven’t tried Botox injections previously. So, they want to know what they can expect during treatment sessions. At Riverbend Family Dentistry, we want to ensure that all of our patients are prepared and comfortable with treatments they rely on to reach for optimal help. So, we’re always willing and happy to answer any questions you may have about any treatments you’re considering.
Here’s what you can expect from Botox injections for TMJ disorders at our practice:
- an initial assessment to answer any questions you may have and determine the number of injections that may help to relieve your symptoms and also to go over any expected costs.
- injections designed to deliver Botox within specific facial muscles that can include the forehead, jaw, and temple
- slight discomfort at the injection site during and after injections
- no downtime and a return to regular activity right after treatment
- up to 3 months of symptom relief
Find out of you’re a good candidate for Botox injections for TMJ disorders by scheduling your initial consultation at our office today.