Botox Treatment for TMJ Disorder
If you’ve tried everything but nothing seems to be helping, it’s time to give botox treatment for TMJ a try. You won’t be sorry. Skin Theory Aesthetics ™, a premier med spa specializes in neurotoxin medications including Botox and Xeomin for TMJ.
Each TMJ situation is slightly different because each person’s jaw and supporting muscle structure is different, so we customize a plan to fit your face, jaw, and needs.
TMJ is no laughing matter. The pain and the accompanying changes it brings to your body can affect your quality of life. Severe cases can transform your physical appearance, affect your ability to socialize, and curtail your ability to maintain a busy schedule.
If you suffer from TMJ disorder and you are in need of relief, read on how Botox can help you.
Facts About TMJ Disorder
Your jawbone is connected to your skull by the TMJ or the temporomandibular joint. It acts like a sliding hinge and there is one joint on each side of your jaw.
TMJ disorder or TMJ, for short, are a group of conditions that cause dysfunction and pain in the jaw joint, as well as the muscles that control jaw movement.
What are the common causes of TMJ? It can be a combination of many factors, among them are:
✔️ Injury to the teeth or jaw
✔️ Misalignment of teeth or jaw
✔️ Teeth grinding or clenching
✔️ Poor posture
✔️ Gum chewing, surprisingly!
How do you know that what you’re experiencing is TMJ? The signs and symptoms of TMJ may include:
✔️ Stiff or sore jaw muscles
✔️Headaches or migraines
✔️ Swelling in the face
✔️ Ache in and around the ears and neck
✔️ Popping sounds or ringing in the ears
✔️ Pain in the temple area
✔️Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
✔️ Difficulty in chewing or pain while chewing
✔️ Clenching and grinding of teeth (bruxism)
✔️ Locking jaw joint which makes it difficult to open or close the mouth
It’s also common to experience a clicking sound or, at times, grating sensation when you open your mouth or when chewing.
What you can do at home?
Often, TMJ can be treated using home remedies. Here are a few you can try:
Ice packs can help ease the pain.
Over the counter NSAIDs including ibuprofen, naproxen and other pain relievers including aspirin and acetaminophen also offer relief from TMJ pain.
Since it can trigger an attack, chewing gum should be avoided if you’re prone to the condition.
Other helpful remedies include massages or gentle stretches of the neck and jaw.
If you feel that your TMJ is caused by stress, learning to manage it can help relieve pain.
When to seek professional help
When the pain becomes persistent, or if you experience difficulty in opening or closing your jaw completely, it’s advisable to seek professional help for your TMJ. Also, if you have frequent or persistent migraines, it’s a good idea to have things checked out. In severe cases, surgery may be the recommended course of action.
However, your specialist may recommend any of the following less invasive treatments for more manageable cases:
Prescription drugs if OTC’s are not helping anymore
The Use of Botox Treatment for TMJ Relief
Most people will do a double take when broached with the idea of using botox treatment for TMJ pain relief. The usual response - “Isn’t that for wrinkles?”
Well, Botox is a fantastic treatment for wrinkles. However, long before Botox was used for cosmetic purposes in the 2000’s, it was earlier already approved by FDA in the 1980’s for therapeutic use, all involving muscular conditions.
Among the conditions that Botox can greatly help are:
How does Botox work to treat TMJ pain
If you think about how it works, Botox treatment for TMJ pain makes sense. Botox is a neurotoxin derived from the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. The toxin, when ingested in contaminated food, can cause muscle paralysis. In severe cases, it can even cause death.
However, when used in its purified and diluted form, Botox injected in tiny doses into targeted areas can block signals between nerves and muscles.
This causes controlled muscle relaxation. When the muscles that cause wrinkles relax, the lines become less noticeable.
As a treatment for TMJ, Botox is injected into the masseter muscle. This facial muscle plays a major role when we chew solid foods. It connects the lower jawbone to the cheekbone.
When injected with Botox, the muscle partially relaxes and weakens. This prevents over-contraction and muscle growth. After Botx injection, once the muscles around your TMJ unclench, here are the changes you may notice:
The frequency of pain, including headaches and its intensity is reduced or may completely disappear
You may feel less anxious
You’ll have better quality of sleep
If you suffer from sensitive teeth, they become less so
Teeth grinding may also stop
What to Expect From A Botox Treatment for TMJ
Just like in any treatment, it’s important to properly prepare for it to avoid any unwanted side effects or complications. Being a premier med spa, at Skin Theory Aesthetics™, we take all the necessary steps to make it safe for our patients.
Before your treatment, it’s important to sit down with your specialist to discuss important matters, including:
Any medication, supplements or herbal concoctions you are taking
Any allergies you may have
Any medical condition, illness or disease you have
Medical procedures you have undergone recently including Botox treatments, surgery, etc
If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive
A week prior to the treatment, your specialist will ask you to refrain from taking any blood thinning medications including:
Ibuprofen (Advil, Aleve or Motrin)
St. John’s Wort
Fish Oil or Omega-3’s
Similar to a cosmetic Botox treatment, a TMJ treatment is a non-surgical, minimally invasive and outpatient procedure. It’s performed right in the office and a typical treatment takes 10 to 30 minutes. You can return to your regular activities after your TMJ Botox treatment.
Since the treatment involves needles, you can expect to feel some slight needle-prick sensation. However, patients normally describe it similar to a bug bite or prick. If you are particularly sensitive to pain, you may opt to have topical anesthetic applied prior to the start of treatment.
Botox is injected into the forehead, temple, and jaw muscles. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, Botox may also be injected in other areas. Your specialist will assess your needs and decide on the number of Botox injections you need.
At Skin Theory, since we custoize your treatment to your situation and jaw and facial structure, the dosage administered varies on a case to case basis. Most providers use 15 to 30 units per side. However, at Skin Theory Aesthetics ™, we often recommend 30 to 40 units per masseter for better results. The results can last three to five months.
Typically, a whole treatment course includes three injection sessions performed over the course of several months.
You can expect to feel some improvement of TMJ symptoms within a day or two of the treatment. However, it usually takes several days to feel noticeable relief.
After Treatment Precautions
Similar to a cosmetic Botox treatment, you should avoid rubbing or massaging the treatment areas for several hours after your session. You should remain upright, as well.
We suggest you don’t lie down within the next 6 hours after the treatment. This prevents the neurotoxin from migrating to other muscles.
If there is some discomfort after treatment, a cold ice pack can help relieve the pain. You should, however, avoid Ibuprofen or other blood thinning medicines.
Are There Side Effects to a Botox Treatment for TMJ
A Botox treatment is minimally invasive with some minor side effects. The possible effects may include the following:
✔️ Redness, bruising or swelling at the injection sites (this should subside quickly)
✔️ Muscle weakness
Because a Botox treatment for TMJ comes with some risks, it’s important to carefully choose your provider. Choose a specialist who is not only trained and experienced with Botox treatments but more importantly, familiar with Botox treatment for TMJ, specifically.
What Are the Benefits of a Botox Treatment for TMJ?
By relaxing the jaw muscles responsible for chronic TMJ pain, Botox has the following benefits:
✔️ Relieves jaw tension
✔️ Eases muscle spasms in the neck
✔️ Reduces tension headaches
✔️ Reduces teeth grinding (prevents further damage to the teeth)
✔️ Minimizes lockjaw
✔️ Restores range of jaw movement
Here’s a surprising benefit, and it can be something many people will be happy with - Botox can make the face appear slimmer. A bulging masseter muscle, often the result of TMJ, can make your jaw appear larger or more square.
Injecting Botox can soften the lines and thus make your face appear less bulky. Who doesn’tt want this side effect, right?
Our Tips for Relieving Your TMJ After Botox
TMJ is exacerbated by stress. If you have undergone a Botox treatment for TMJ or even if you have not yet decided on the treatment, it’s always helpful to try these to relieve stress and relax the muscles in the face and jaw:
✔️ Be aware when you are clenching your teeth. Work to relax your jaw each time you notice yourself doing this
✔️ Avoid slumping or slouching as bad posture can exacerbate your TMJ
✔️ Focus on keeping your teeth apart when not eating
✔️ Avoid chewing /gum
✔️ Avoid tough or sticky foods
✔️ Stop biting your nails
✔️ Try relaxation exercises including yoga, deep breathing, or meditation
✔️Try massages. However, remember not to massage your face following your Botox treatment
Interested in Botox Treatment for TMJ? We Can Help
TMJ can be extremely painful and can affect your quality of life, but this need not be your case. Skin Theory Aesthetics ™ specializes in Botox treatments not only for cosmetic use but also for TMJ.
If you want to find out if this treatment is for you, call us at 951-735-5570 to set up an appointment.
Our specialists are happy to answer your questions. And when you’re ready for your treatment, we will design a customized plan to address your specific needs.
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