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Amy L. Cabe D.D.S., P.C.

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BOTOX for TMJ Pain Relief

Increasingly, Botox is used as an alternative treatment for TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder and associated jaw tensions and pain.  When injected into facial muscles afflicted with soreness and discomfort, BOTOX relieves TMJ and jaw tension for many patients.

BOTOX can eliminate headaches resulting from teeth grinding and clenching.  Also Botox often relaxes the facial muscles tension that can result from stress.

Although BOTOX treatment for these conditions is presently experimental, evidence indicates that it can be extremely effective.

How Does BOTOX Treat Jaw Tension and TMJ Disorder?

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 relieves jaw tension by making muscles relax.  Relaxed muscles are unable to engage in the powerful, often unconscious movement of the jaw that produces headaches and pain.

The BOTOX alternative treatment for TMJ disorders and jaw tension is usually quick, straightforward, and effective.  BOTOX is non-surgical and requires very little or no recovery time after the procedure. Most patients experience noticeable improvement within one or two days of their first treatment, although full relief can take up to a week.

Candidates for BOTOX Alternative Jaw Treatment

BOTOX appears to be a safe alternative to traditional treatment for most people who experience jaw tension or have a TMJ disorder.  Nevertheless, it is important for BOTOX providers to screen patients to determine their eligibility for treatment.

During the initial consultation, Dr. Cabe carefully reviews patient’s medical history before beginning treatment.  Patients must disclose whether they are using any medications, drugs, or other substances that could negatively interact with BOTOX.  Patients should also report any allergies they have to avoid possible negative reaction to BOTOX.

People with TMJ disorders who are not able to have BOTOX injections will be advised to undergo a more traditional treatment.

Risks and Benefits of BOTOX Treatment for Jaw Tension

For people suffering from soreness and pain resulting from problems with TMJ 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 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 of negatively impact the effectiveness of BOTOX injections.  For this reason, patients should honestly disclose any medications or substance use prior to treatment.

In some cases, patients have experienced bruising and bleeding at injection sites, or excessive paralysis of the muscles in the areas treated.  Although complications are rare, Dr. Cabe will discuss the possible risks prior to treatment.

For more information about how this treatment can help you overcome jaw pain and or discomfort, please contact us.