How Botox Can Help Treat TMJ

Botox treatment for TMJ disorder: Middle-aged woman holding her head in pain.

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. It’s one that will help change a lot of people’s lives. Dental Botox is able to help with patients’ smiles and help with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

TMJ disorder is very common and occurs when your temporomandibular joint becomes inflamed. For many people, TMJ disorder 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 disorder.

How It Works

When the TMJ is overworked, displaced, or inflamed, patients often suffer sharp jaw pain and tension headaches. Botox works by preventing certain jaw muscles from moving in often unconscious ways that cause pain. This prevents headaches and relieves jaw tension.

Only the areas of the jaw 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, aren’t affected, but the discomfort and pain are usually reduced.

Effectively treating your TMJ disorder 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 teeth at night
  • Reduction in neck and shoulder pain
  • Few problems with lockjaw

Is Botox for TMJ Disorder Safe?

Botox has been used by doctors safely for many years. The FDA approved it for eye muscle conditions back in 1989. Later, in 2002, it was approved for the treatment of facial wrinkles. Through the years, Botox has been approved as an effective treatment for chronic migraines, eyelid spasms, muscle 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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