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Therapeutic TMJ Botox – Hartland

Therapeutic TMJ Botox

Diagnosing and treating Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ) is a challenging task as the related symptoms, including headaches and earaches, can be mistaken for other conditions rather than a problem with the jaw joint and muscles that close the jaw.

The severity of TMJ symptoms varies depending on the amount of stress experienced by the patient. In highly stressful periods, individuals may experience teeth grinding, earaches, and lockjaw. To relieve tension in the muscles that put stress on the teeth temporomandibular joint and reduce associated symptoms such as jaw pain and headaches, Botox® injections are sometimes employed as an effective treatment option.

Benefits of Botox® for Treating TMJ
Although Botox® has been commonly associated with cosmetic procedures like erasing wrinkles and glabellar lines, it is now being used more frequently as a treatment for jaw pain and associated headaches. While some TMJ symptoms may improve naturally without any specific intervention, Botox® offers a fast and effective solution for those who do not experience relief from other treatments.

Botox® provides several key advantages to individuals experiencing TMJ issues, including the elimination of headaches associated with nighttime grinding, reduction of lockjaw, decreased discomfort when using the jaw, reduced shoulder and neck pain, and a significant reduction in jaw tension. Overactive muscles of the jaw like the masseter and temporalis are often the target of this therapy.

How does Botox® work in treating TMJ?
Botox® works by relaxing the muscles that close the jaw located on both sides of the head where the jawbone connects with the skull. This joint is involved in a range of everyday activities like chewing, biting, speaking, and swallowing. The primary causes of TMJ are displacement of the jaw and involuntary jaw movements caused by stress. Botox® effectively eases temporomandibular tension by relaxing the jaw muscles, preventing unconscious jaw movements, and ending headaches caused by grinding.

One significant advantage of Botox® is that it does not interfere with normal functions like speaking, swallowing, and biting. Instead, it only reduces pain and discomfort. Additionally, treating the muscles with Botox® can prevent more severe dental issues from developing later on. Neglected overactive jaw muscles can lead to more pain and discomfort.

What is involved with this treatment?

Before administering Botox® injections, the dentist will assess the patient’s suitability for treatment. Botox® may not be effective when used with certain medications or substances, so it is vital to disclose any relevant medical history. Pregnant or nursing women are advised against using Botox®.

The Botox® injections take 10-20 minutes to complete, depending on the required amount. As it is a non-surgical procedure, it will be done at the dental office.

Normal activity can resume immediately after treatment, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for 24 hours. It may take a few days to experience the full benefits of Botox®, but its effects can last for three to four months.

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