Botox® for TMJ: Here's What You Should Know

Botox® for TMJ: Here's What You Should Know

When you have an issue with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), it can cause problems with your jaw movement, which is a TMJ disorder (TMD). This condition affects about 35 million people in the United States.

If you suffer from a TMD, your symptoms typically need a solution. Our highly trained dental team, led by Karen Guinn, DDS at The Smile Agency in Pasadena and West Covina, California, provides Botox® to relieve your symptoms. 

When you hear the word “Botox,” you might associate it with a cosmetic treatment that helps your wrinkles and fine lines disappear. But, it actually helps with much more, including disorders that involve your muscles, such as TMDs.

Understanding Botox

Botox is a toxin that prevents localized muscle contractions, causing a temporary paralysis to the targeted area. We administer the drug in very small doses, and since the dosage is so small, the application is considered safe by the FDA.

The injections block the signals from your nerves that cause your muscles to contract. The solution causes your facial muscles to relax, giving you relief within 1-3 days and lasting for three months or longer.

Symptoms of your TMJ disorder

Your TMJ acts like a hinge for your mouth, helping you to chew and speak. But its movement can suffer impairment when it tenses up due to situations that might cause emotional, psychological, or physical stress, or if there’s damage to the joint or the muscles around it.

Symptoms include:

You can also experience a shift in how your upper and lower teeth meet. When you schedule an appointment to come in and see us, we offer you a comprehensive exam to determine if you have a TMD, and if you do, we identify and treat its level of severity.

How Botox works for your TMJ disorder

Dr. Guinn and our team use Botox to treat your symptoms and increase the movement of your mouth. Studies have shown that Botox treatments offer a significant decrease in pain caused by TMDs.

Before your treatment, we determine the number of injections needed to produce the best results. During your nonsurgical, outpatient procedure, we administer the solution through a tiny needle into your facial muscles, including in your forehead, temples, and jaw muscles.

You can get back to your normal activities when you walk out the door, and you’ll experience relief within a few days. Be sure to avoid touching or rubbing the injection sites for several hours after your treatment to prevent the toxin from spreading to other areas.

To learn about how Botox can treat your TMJ disorder, reach out to our team for an appointment at the location nearest you. Call or book your appointment online today. And, please feel free to send us a message if you have questions before you come in.

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