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TMJ Botox Therapy

TMJ Botox® treatment is a simple, non-surgical procedure where the Botox is injected into certain muscles in the head and neck area to treat Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD or TMD).

TMJ syndrome is an umbrella term that covers acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint, which connects the lower jaw to the skull. The disorder and resulting dysfunction can lead to extreme pain and impairment. Since the disorder transcends the boundaries between dentistry, neurology, and several other health-care disciplines, TMJ disorder treatment can be approached in very many different ways.

TMJ botox Treatment

How TMJ Treatment with Botox is Performed

The doctor will have you contract the muscle area to be treated so he can determine appropriate injection sites. Then targeted areas for the Botox treatment may be numbed with an ice pack or a topical numbing agent. Anesthesia may or may not be used with Botox treatment for TMJ treatments. Finally, the doctor will administer several tiny Botox® injections directly into the muscle.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Botox Treatment Procedure?

The length of the Botox treatment procedure depends on the number of injections needed as determined by the doctor. Still, it is reasonable for the treatment procedure to be completed within 10-30 minutes.

Is Hospital Stay Required When Botox is Used for TMJ Treatment?

Because the Botox treatment procedure is non-surgical and done in the office, there is no hospital stay required.

Will I Need a Driver After a TMJ Treatment with Botox?

No. TMJ Botox® Treatment will not limit your driving ability.

Is the Botox Treatment Painful?

The pain associated with the Botox TMJ Treatment procedure is due to the injections, but it is generally minimal and brief. Some patients have likened the Botox injection pain unto a “bug bite” or “prick”. Pain from the injection can be reduced by numbing proposed injection sites with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. If you are scared of needles the doctor may offer you Happy Gas.

What to Expect After the Botox TMJ Treatment?

After the Botox TMJ Treatment muscle tenderness will start to disappear almost immediately. Wrinkles begin to disappear within 24 – 48 hours after the injections, and you may continue to see the wrinkles diminish up to one week after the Botox treatment procedure.

There may be mild temporary bruising, numbness, or redness around the injection sites. You will not look 20 years younger, but you may find that you look more natural and relaxed or less sad and angry. A small number of patients treated with Botox injections reported no noticeable difference in the reduction of their wrinkles.

What is the Recovery from Botox Therapy for TMJ Treatment Like?

Because the Botox Treatment procedure is non-surgical and non-invasive, it is highly likely that the patient can return to normal activities immediately. However, to avoid spreading the toxin to other muscles, patients should not rub or massage the area injected with Botox and remain upright for many hours. Physical activity should also be limited for a time.

The length of the Botox treatment procedure depends on the number of injections needed as determined by the doctor. Still, it is reasonable for the treatment procedure to be completed within 10-30 minutes.


Risks, Limitations & Possible Complications of Botox Injections for TMJ Treatment

As with any medical procedure there are possible risks and side effects when using Botox for TMJ treatment. Since this is a non-surgical treatment procedure, the risks and possible complications are infrequent, minimal and temporary.

The most common reported side-effects of Botox treatment are headaches, respiratory infection, flu syndrome, temporary eye-lid droop, and nausea. Less commonly reported effects of Botox are pain, redness at spot of injection, and muscle weakness. These symptoms are thought to be connected with the Botox injection and occur within the first week.

There could also be bruising at the injection site. The lips are used more than the forehead for common activities such as chewing, kissing, and talking. Therefore Botox injections around the mouth are less useful in TMJ treatment and can have more potential inconvenient effects. These every day activities may become more difficult and too much Botox® around the mouth can result in drooling. Another limitation to Botox® injection for TMJ treatments is that there is a possibility of developing antibodies that would render the TMJ treatments less and less effective over time. This resistance could be delayed by using the lowest effective dose possible over the longest intervals of time. Botox injection treatments should be avoided during pregnancy and lactation.

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