How Botox Can Help Treat TMJ

tmj pain can be treated with botox, learn more from dental partners of boston

While Botox is generally used to help reduce wrinkles and fine lines and help with the look of aging, now there is a new use for it and it’s one that will help and change a lot of people’s lives. Dental Botox is able to help with patients smiles and help with dealing with a lot of side effects that come from TMJ.

TMJ is very common and occurs when your temporomandibular joint becomes inflamed. For many people TMJ results in uncomfortable symptoms, such as jaw pain, headaches, facial pain, difficulty chewing, shoulder and neck pain, and a reduced ability to open the mouth. Botox can help with TMJ

How it Works

When the temporomandibular joint is overworked, displaced, or inflamed, patients often deal with sharp jaw pain and tension headaches. Botox works by making the jaw muscles unable to move in the strong, often unconscious jaw movements that cause pain and headaches, relieving jaw tension. Only the areas of the jaw that are injected with the Botox are relaxed. One of the main benefits of using Botox to treat TMJ pain is that your normal functions, such as biting, swallowing, and speaking, won’t be affected, but the discomfort and pain is usually reduced. Effectively treating your TMJ can also help prevent more serious dental issues that can result in loose teeth, gum disease, and tooth decay in the future. Some of the major benefits after Botox treatments include:

  • Reduced problems with discomfort when using their jaw
  • A large reduction in jaw tension
  • Reduction of headaches that are caused by grinding that teeth at night
  • Reduction in neck and shoulder pain
  • Few problems with lockjaw

Is it Safe?

Botox has been used safely for many years and the FDA approved it for eye muscle conditions back in 1989. Later, in 2002, it would be approved for the treatment of facial wrinkles. Through the years Botox has been approved as an effective treatment for chronic migraines, eyelid spasm, muscles stiffness and more.

Overall, our patients have been very happy with their dental Botox treatments. If you’re nervous about getting Botox treatments around your mouth, don’t be. Our patients are happy with their treatments, and report a high level of satisfaction. There can be some minimal risks with Botox treatments so be sure and consult our doctors and staff.

Schedule an Appointment

If other treatments have not been working for treating your TMJ Botox might be the answer you have been searching for. Or if you have looked for a Botox dentist in Boston, look no further. Call our office today or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to helping you find some relief from your TMJ pain

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