Botox For TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder)

Botox for relief of TMJ

If you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, or more commonly known as TMJ, you are likely all too familiar with jaw pain and popping/clicking, difficulty chewing and locking of the jaw. The temporomandibular joint acts like a sliding hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull, and you have one on each side of your jaw. Common symptoms of TMJ  include tenderness and pain of your jaw, aching pain in or around your ear, difficulty chewing, and facial pain caused by the muscles around your jaw bone.

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) causes jaw joint and muscle pain as you open and close your jaw. The cause of TMJ disorder is often difficult to determine. The pain you experience could be due to genetics, arthritis, or jaw injury. Many people with TMJ also tend to grind or clench their teeth, a condition known as bruxism. The majority of people with TMJ find that the pain and discomfort is temporary and can be relieved with over the counter pain medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen. For severe pain, your doctor may also prescribe a muscle relaxer. A mouth guard is another treatment option to prevent teeth grinding which can contribute to TMJ discomfort.

Have you heard of Botox for TMJ or bruxism? We are all familiar with Botox being used to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles on the face, but did you know it can also help with TMJ? Botox is what’s known as a neuromodulator and works by temporarily preventing nerve signals from reaching your muscles, and reducing muscle contractions. Understanding the science behind Botox helps us to realize that this procedure can also be used around the jaw to relax the muscles, thus temporarily relieving the tension, pain and discomfort associated with TMJ.

Botox injections work by treating the underlying problem; the jaw muscles. Injections in the muscles surrounding the jaw hinges can stop jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Once your muscles relax, the symptoms will also subside. Botox injections for TMJ may take longer to take effect than cosmetic Botox for wrinkles. This is due to the fact that your main jaw muscle is larger than facial muscles. The effects of Botox may take effect anywhere from a few days to several weeks. The relief may last for 3-5 months. In addition, Botox injections relax the masseter muscles in your jaw, reducing the size of them and creating a slimmer, V-line in your face, making your face appear more youthful.

Don’t suffer in silence with TMJ discomfort and pain. Dr. Mandana and her expert team offer Botox injections for relief from TMJ pain. We offer patients Botox as a one-appointment procedure, and encourage you to contact us with questions, or to make an appointment at one of our locations.

Author
Dr. Mandana Mozayeni Dr. Mozayeni earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She then went on to complete the university’s master’s program in first phase orthodontic treatment. To stay at the forefront of the orthodontic field, Dr. Mozayeni regularly participates in continuing education opportunities. She’s also an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists, American Academy of Facial Esthetics, Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists, International Association for Dental Research, Northeast Ohio Dental Society, and other professional organizations. Dr. Mozayeni welcomes new patients of all ages to Mandana Mozayeni Orthodontics.

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