Treating TMJ Pain with BOTOX
Treating TMJ Pain with BOTOX®
Although BOTOX is best known as a wrinkle treatment, physicians are constantly discovering new uses for it, like reducing excessive sweating and migraines. One recent discovery is that BOTOX can also help with pain caused by TMJ disorders.
What Are TMJ Disorders?
Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are on either side of your head, right in front of your ears where your jaw and skull meet. These are the joints that allow you to speak, chew, yawn, and swallow. Some people suffer from TMJ disorders, leaving them with one or several of the following symptoms:
– Jaw pain
– Aches in and around the ear
– Facial aches
– Difficulty or discomfort while chewing
– Severe tension and locking of the jaw that makes it difficult to open or close the mouth
What Causes TMJ Disorders?
There is no definitive cause of TMJ disorders. They can be a result of many problems, including arthritis, an injury to the face or jaw, teeth grinding, and jaw clenching.
How Can BOTOX Treat TMJ Disorders?
Treatment of TMJ disorders using BOTOX is a quick and painless process that requires no anaesthetic and no hospital stay. It doesn’t even require much time at the doctor’s office! BOTOX is injected directly into the muscles where soreness is occurring. Most people feel noticeable relief within a day or two of treatment, because the BOTOX prevents the muscles in the jaw from engaging in the powerful and often unconscious movement that causes soreness to begin with.
Although BOTOX is a temporary treatment, results can last up to six months after a series of treatments. Using BOTOX on the jaw muscles also has the potential to enhance your appearance—for patients with square jaws, the injection of BOTOX into the muscles relaxes and therefore softens the overall jawline.
Is BOTOX Right for Me?
BOTOX appears to be safe for anyone to use. The only thing you want to watch out for is the potential for complications in mixing BOTOX with certain medications and other substances. When you consult with a reputable and highly trained injector, like Dr. Singh, it’s crucial that you be completely honest about your medication and substance use prior to treatment. In rare cases, patients may experience some minor bruising or bleeding after BOTOX treatment. Dr. Singh will walk you through all possibilities prior to treatment to ensure that you are completely informed and comfortable.
Have you tried any Edmonton BOTOX treatments for your TMJ pain? How did it work for you? Send us your stories, questions, and comments!