Botox® treatment for TMJ and jaw tension
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located on both sides of the head at the point where the jawbone meets the skull. The temporomandibular joint is used during talking, eating, swallowing, and other everyday activities. If this joint becomes displaced or is overworked through excessive teeth grinding, a person may suffer severe tension headaches, as well as sharp pain in the jaw.
Botox® was once reserved for lessening the tell-tale signs of aging, such as annoying wrinkles and frown lines. But more recently Botox® injections are being used frequently in dental offices as a great alternative treatment for more troublesome maladies such as TMJ, which may include headache, clenching/grinding and sleep bruxism. Scientific studies have shown that patients who received Botox® injections experienced significant improvements in pain, function, ability to open their mouth and levels of tenderness to palpation. Botox® relieves jaw tension by making muscles unable to engage in the powerful, often unconscious movement of the jaw that produces headaches and pain.
What’s involved in Botox® TMJ treatment?
Botox® is injected into the temporalis, frontal and masseter muscles that together can cause jaw pain and headaches. Botox® works by blocking nerve signals that cause uncontrollable muscle movements, essentially relaxing the muscles.
Botox® injections take only 10 to 15 minutes and remain effective for anywhere between two and six months. Therefore, like its cosmetic counterpart, Botox® TMJ treatments must be repeated every few months depending on the patient. Most patients who receive Botox® treatment regularly after a year to two, have notice the decrease frequency needs for retreatment due to the fact that their muscles have atrophied over time. Therefore, the need for Botox treatment can decrease from 3-4 times a year to maintenance treatment of 1-2 times a year. If you have TMJ and it‘s determined that you are a good candidate for this treatment, how often you’ll need to receive Botox® injections to relieve symptoms will depend on the severity of your condition.
Risks and benefits of Botox® treatment for jaw tension
The benefits of Botox® treatment for TMJ are many. For people suffering from soreness and pain resulting from problems with the temporomandibular joint, Botox® injections often provide substantial relief. While reducing the ability of facial muscles to engage in problematic grinding, Botox® allows them to perform daily activities such as talking, chewing, and swallowing. This makes the Botox® alternative treatment for jaw tension a convenient, effective option for many people. In addition, the treatment can help safeguard dental health, since excessive grinding can result in worn down teeth and damaged gums that may require costly treatment.
While Botox® treatment for TMJ disorders appears to be safe, certain medications, intoxicants, and other substances can minimize or negatively impact the effectiveness of Botox® injections. For this reason, patients should honestly disclose any medication or substance use prior to treatment. Although complications are rare, but in some cases, patients have experienced bruising and bleeding at injection sites, or excessive paralysis of the muscles in the areas treated.
Cost of Botox® TMJ treatment?
The cost of the Botox® TMJ treatment will vary based on the severity of your condition (and therefore, how many Botox® injections are needed). Botox® treatment is charged on a per-visit basis. After the examination we’ll be able to determine how many units of Botox® you will require.
North York Dental is ready to assist you with all of your questions regarding Botox® TMJ treatment Contact us today to book an appointment at 416-494-7878.