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How Can Your Dentist Treat TMJ Disorder with BOTOX?

January 4, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — liftfacialaesthetics @ 2:01 am

When the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that connects the jawbone to the skull becomes injured or overworked, it results in a TMJ disorder that can cause constant jaw pain and headaches. Fortunately, your dentist has multiple treatments to help you find relief. Often, they might recommend adjusting the teeth or wearing an oral appliance, but in other cases, they may suggest BOTOX treatment! What does BOTOX have to do with TMJ therapy? Read on to find out.

What Is TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder can refer to a wide range of problems with your jaw joints and the muscles that help control them. It’s not always clear what causes a TMJ disorder, but it may happen after an injury to the jaw, repeated grinding or clenching of the teeth, or the development of arthritis. In addition to jaw pain, common symptoms include headaches, lockjaw, or a clicking sound whenever you move your mouth.

How Does BOTOX Help Treat TMJ Disorder?

While BOTOX is best known for smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines, its properties also make BOTOX an effective way to reduce TMJ-related pain. The treatment involves a small injection of botulinum toxin that blocks the nerve signals responsible for muscle contraction. When BOTOX is injected into the muscles that help control jaw movements, it causes them to relax and not be able to make the (usually unconscious) motions that can contribute to TMJ disorder.

Thanks to BOTOX, your dentist can help relieve the pressure on your jaw joints, giving them a chance to rest and recover. The effects of the injection usually last for about 3-6 months, and you can have follow-up treatments done to keep enjoying the benefits. During this time, you can pursue other treatments to address the underlying cause of your TMJ disorder and potentially stop the problem for good.

What Should You Expect from the Treatment?

The procedure can usually be completed in 10-30 minutes, although it largely depends on how many injections you need. There’s very little discomfort involved, but if you’re worried about getting an injection, your dentist may use nitrous oxide to keep you comfortable and relaxed.

BOTOX is a noninvasive, nonsurgical treatment. You’ll be able to return to your normal activities right away following the procedure. That said, you will need to avoid rubbing or massaging the injection site, and you should plan on limiting physical activity for a while.

Have you had enough of living with constant jaw pain and frequent headaches? Talk to your dentist today to see if BOTOX – or another type of treatment – might be the solution you’ve been looking for.

About the Author

Elizabeth Estes Weldon is a highly experienced, board-certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with 12 years of experience in dermatology, BOTOX, and dermal fillers. She proudly offers these revitalizing services through Lift Facial Aesthetics at Weldon General and Cosmetic Dentistry. She earned her master’s in nursing at the University of Florida and attended many continuing education courses on BOTOX and dermal fillers to earn the title of Master Injector. If you are interested in BOTOX to treat TMJ dysfunction, you can schedule a consultation on her website or call (352) 433-0888.

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