Treatment for TMJ discomfort with Botox
Your temporomandibular joints, or TMJ, are a very important feature of your mouth. The joints are located one on each side of the face at the point where your lower jaw meets your skull. These joints are responsible for the movement of your mouth, allowing you to bite, chew, and speak. Each joint is a ball and socket with a disc in the center, which works to absorb the impact of the load placed on the jaw. If the TMJ becomes irritated and inflamed, moving your mouth become more difficult, and can cause excruciating pain. At Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery, we can provide treatment for your TMJ discomfort with Botox.
TMJ disorder is a condition that encompasses some different issues that can affect the condition of your temporomandibular joints and your jaw. These issues, which include bruxism, misaligned teeth and jaws, and facial trauma, can cause irritation and inflammation in your TMJ, which can cause unbearable pain and make any movements of your mouth extremely difficult. In addition to joint and jaw pain, other symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
Botox for TMJ Disorder
When you hear the word Botox, what comes to mind? Botox is most commonly associated with cosmetic procedures to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. While popular for this type of treatment, Botox is also an effective treatment for TMJ disorder often caused by bruxism.
Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin A, which is FDA approved, and it is a safe and effective treatment. It is an injectable liquid that was originally approved in 1989 to treat muscle spasms. It was not cleared for cosmetic use until 2002. Today, in addition to still being used for cosmetic and medical purposes, it is also being used in dental offices across the country to alleviate the symptoms of TMJ disorder.
How Does Botox Work?
Many cases of TMJ disorder are caused by overuse of the joints or excessive pressure placed on the jaw and joints as a result of stress-related involuntary movements. This excessive pressure can irritate the joints, which can lead to inflammation, as well as tire out the muscles in your jaw. Strategically injected Botox treatments are designed to relax the muscles, preventing your muscles from clenching and providing you with long-lasting relief from the pressures placed on your jaw and TMJ.
Getting Botox injections is a quick procedure, usually taking no more than 20 minutes to complete. There is no need to administer a local anesthetic first. Patients often report feeling a minor pinch or discomfort when the needle is inserted, but it is not unbearable. Once the injections are complete, you can go about your day as normal. We recommend avoiding strenuous activities for at least 24 hours. You should notice the full effect of your Botox treatment take effect within a few days of your initial treatment and results last approximately three months. It may be necessary to receive multiple treatments for the best results.
What Benefits Does Botox Offer?
Botox offers several benefits for those suffering from TMJ disorder.
Am I a Candidate for Botox?Before undergoing treatment with Botox, we first need to perform an initial consultation to make sure this procedure is right for you. We will review your medical history, as certain conditions may prevent you from getting Botox injections. If you have certain conditions like diabetes, your condition must be under control. Botox is not recommended for individuals with autoimmune diseases or for women who are pregnant or nursing.
Botox can help to alleviate the symptoms of bruxism and TMJ disorder, which can greatly increase your comfort and quality of life. Call Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery at (734) 455-0710 today for more information and to find out if Botox is the right solution for you.