A recent innovation in relieving symptoms of TMJ Disorder is BOTOX. The use of BOTOX for TMJ is considered an off-label treatment but has given patients around the world relief from chronic pain and jaw movement issues for years.

TMJ Disorder, often referred to as TMJ, is a complex disorder related to the Temporomandibular Joint that allows your jaw to open and close. TMJ disorder can trigger a wide range of symptoms, including clicking or popping sounds when opening and closing the mouth, jaw pain, recurring headaches, tooth pain, ringing in the ears, and difficulty chewing.

The temporomandibular joints are used more than any other joints in the body, making them susceptible to wear and tear, stress, inflammation, and misalignment. Many people develop TMJ due to muscle and ligament inflammation, teeth grinding or clenching, or excessive wear that leads to slipping of the joint.

How Does BOTOX® Relieve TMJ Symptoms?

Various treatments are available for TMJ disorder, depending on the severity of the symptoms. Self-care and anti-inflammatories are the first options, progressing to surgery, which is a last resort. BOTOX for TMJ is a highly effective option for many patients who have not responded to other treatment protocols. It can relieve symptoms without the need for invasive surgery.

BOTOX for TMJ reduces symptoms by relieving muscle tension in and around the joint. Once the muscles relax, the muscles can function more freely, and unconscious actions such as teeth grinding or clenching are reduced. Because the muscles are more relaxed, they can work properly without unnecessary stress on the joint itself, relieving symptoms for several months.

How is BOTOX for TMJ Administered?

TMJ for BOTOX is administered in our office. It is injected just under the skin using a thin needle. The simple, in-office procedure typically takes 10-30 minutes.

The effect of the injections is not immediate. It slowly builds over the next few days, with many patients finding relief in as little as three days, while the full result can takes up to 2 weeks.

Does BOTOX Cure TMJ?

No. There is no cure for TMJ Disorder, but there are ways to reduce or eliminate symptoms. BOTOX relieves the pain and functional limitations of TMJ for three to four months. At that time, treatment can be repeated. Most patients use BOTOX in combination with other treatments, such as physical therapy, to reduce clenching, grinding, and other actions that aggravate the joint.

Benefits of BOTOX for TMJ

For those experiencing pain and stiffness from TMJ Disorder, BOTOX® injections can bring relief that lasts up to four months between treatments. There are several benefits, including:

  • Reduces grinding and clenching behaviors
  • It does not interfere with normal jaw function such as chewing and speaking
  • Reduces excessive wear and tear on the teeth and gums
  • Is an alternative to invasive surgery

As with any medical procedure, there is a slight chance of complications. However, BOTOX for TMJ has proven effective for most patients with only mild, temporary side effects. These effects may include mild injection site bleeding, bruising, or tenderness.

How Long Do the Results Last?

Results last from three to four months, although they may last longer with subsequent treatments.

Am I a candidate for BOTOX for TMJ?

We will review your medical history and evaluate your TMJ to determine whether you qualify for BOTOX treatment. If you suffer from TMJ Disorder and have not responded well to self-care or treatments such as OTC pain relievers, heat or ice packs, or physical therapy, BOTOX for TMJ may bring your relief. If you have allergies that could lead to a reaction to BOTOX or use any medications or drugs that could interact negatively with BOTOX, we will advise another treatment plan.


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