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Botox can be used for more than just smile lines

How Can Botox Help My TMJ

How Can Botox Help My TMJ

When most people hear about Botox, they usually think about it as a cosmetic procedure used to reduce the appearance of fine lines. But, Botox has also been used by dentists to treat various dental problems such as temporomandibular joint pain. We also offer it as a treatment option at our clinic for patients with TMJ. 

How does it work exactly and is it an effective treatment for TMJ? We will try to answer these questions and more in this article. 

How Can Botox Help Treat My TMJ

Although Botox has built a reputation of being a cosmetic treatment, it has been used for decades to treat a wide range of muscular conditions. While it may seem odd at first, it helps to take a moment to understand what Botox does. It is a neurotoxin that can prevent nerve cell signals from reaching your muscles. In other words, it relaxes the muscles, preventing them from contracting excessively. 

In the case of TMJ, also known as the temporomandibular joint, your jaw muscles can tense up due to various reasons, like malocclusion, stress, and so on. This can lead to pain in the jaw and around your ears and neck, headaches, bruxism (grinding your teeth), and a clicking noise in your jaw when chewing..

How Effective Is Botox as TMJ Treatment? 

Various studies have found that Botox can be a highly effective treatment for TMJ. For example, according to a 2012 study, Botox has been shown to significantly reduce jaw pain and improve jaw mobility in as little as three months after the treatment. Other studies have confirmed these findings and have also shown that 90% of the patients who received Botox as a treatment for their TMJ reported a significant improvement in their condition. 

Botox can be used as a standalone treatment or together with other TMJ therapies, such as night guards. 

Are There Any Side Effects? 

The most common side effects of Botox for TMJ are minor and include: 

  • Redness and bruising at the injection site
  • Mild headaches
  • Nausea
  • Flu-like symptoms

The treatment may also affect your smile for a short period as the neurotoxin in Botox will relax the muscles of your face. 

What to Expect During the Treatment 

Botox for TMJ is a quick, simple, and effective procedure, and the treatment won't take more than 15-20 minutes. 

Depending on your symptoms and the severity of your TMJ, the doctor will inject Botox into your jaw, temple, and forehead. You will feel a pinch during the treatment similar to an insect bite. 

The effects of this treatment will be felt within a couple of days. You will need to visit your dentist once every four months for new Botox injections to manage your TMJ. 

Are You Dealing with TMJ? We Can Help! 

At Goldstein Garber & Salama, our Atlanta dentists provide Botox therapy for our patients with TMJ. Our dentist will examine you and decide which treatment is best suited for your particular problem. 

Contact us now to schedule your appointment.

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