Posted on November 10, 2022
What have you heard about Botox? Of course, you have. Most people know it as a beauty-enhancing product that gets rid of those pesky wrinkles and unpredictable fine lines. That is true! But let’s think about what Botox does- it temporarily blocks nerve cell signals from reaching your muscles and reduces abnormal muscle contractions. With this in mind, you can also understand how it can be useful for relaxing muscles around your jaw.
Botox has a long history of medically therapeutic uses, all of which involve muscular conditions. Presently, Botox is used to treat over 20 different medical conditions, and there are more than 6 million Botox treatments administered each year. Botox has been administered in dentist offices throughout the nation for years now and some even offer Botox as the finishing touch to dental cosmetic treatments.
At Silver Smiles, we use Botox for not only fine lines and wrinkles but for another important goal- relieving TMJ/ headache pain to help you feel your very best.
To really understand why Botox can be excellent jaw-relaxing therapy, let’s take a moment to talk about your TMJ, also known as the temporomandibular joint. This joint acts as a hinge for your mouth, allowing you to chew and speak.
Unfortunately, the TMJ is also very sensitive to everyday stress— whether it’s physical, emotional or even psychological stress. When you are stressed, the muscles tense up and can cause a lot of problems for your mouth and jaw:
This last point, bruxism, can be an issue even if you are not suffering from a TMJ disorder but there are times when they can go hand in hand.
Botox for TMJ can be HIGHLY effective. A study found that Botox treatment can significantly decrease pain and increase mouth movements for 3 months following the treatment. One other study found that symptoms improved in 90% of participants and there are plenty more studies being conducted on this treatment even today.
Botox is typically recommended in conjunction with other TMJ therapies, like night guards or physical therapy. However, there are many cases where Botox treatment is all that is needed to get those muscles to relax.
Once you get those muscles around your TMJunclenched, you are going to notice other changes too:
Have you ever received a Botox injection before?
Many of our patients have not, so we are very accustomed to answering lots of questions & are happy to do so. Most of the questions we hear are centered around what the procedure involves, so let’s start there.
Here’s what you can expect from Botox in TMJ treatment:
That’s it. It really is quite simple and the treatment will last 3-4 months.
There are a few reported side effects linked to Botox injections that we want all patients to be aware of. However, most of these possible side effects are minor, including:
We will help you understand all the potential risks of Botox & ensure you feel completely comfortable and confident in your treatment.
Whether or not you decide to invest in Botox for a TMJ treatment option, we always recommend you try some at-home remedies that could help relieve stress and relax those face and jaw muscles. Here are some of our favorite methods that we would love for you to try:
Questions you have for us?
Dr. Meagan has been helping patients with TMJ for quite some time now. She has completed advanced training and continually educates herself and her team on the latest up-to-date therapies and techniques.
As a team, we are completely committed to making sure we are on the same page and you feel completely confident in your care before you commit to our treatment plan. We are happy to answer any and all questions about how Botox can treat your TMJ disorder, let us know if we can help.
If you are ready to conquer your TMJ pain or headaches, call us today at 770-972-6000 or schedule online for our next available consultation.
We look forward to helping you feel your very best!
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