Increasingly, doctors and dentists are using BOTOX® as an alternative treatment for issues related to the temporomandibular joints (TMJs). TMJ disorder, or TMD, causes pain, discomfort, and other uncomfortable symptoms. When injected into certain facial muscles, BOTOX can relieve jaw tension and muscles spasms in the TMJs. For some patients, these injections also reduce or eliminate headaches and migraines. In cases of severe stress, BOTOX for TMJ can even minimize mobility issues in the jaw joints, such as lockjaw. While TMJ is still an off-label use for BOTOX, evidence suggests that this treatment can offer significant results for patients suffering with TMD.
How Does BOTOX Help TMJ Symptoms?
Candidates for BOTOX Jaw Treatment
Risks and Benefits of BOTOX® Treatment for Jaw Tension
For people suffering from soreness and pain resulting from problems with the temporomandibular joint, BOTOX injections often provide substantial relief. While reducing the ability of facial muscles to engage in problematic grinding, BOTOX allows them to perform daily activities such as talking, chewing, and swallowing. This makes the BOTOX alternative treatment for jaw tension a convenient, effective option for many people. In addition, the treatment can help safeguard dental health, since excessive grinding can result in worn teeth and damaged gums that may require costly treatment.
While BOTOX treatment for TMJ disorders appears to be safe, certain medications, intoxicants, and other substances can minimize or negatively impact the effectiveness of BOTOX injections. For this reason, patients should honestly disclose any medication or substance use to their physician prior to treatment. In some cases, patients have experienced bruising and bleeding at injection sites, or excessive paralysis of the muscles in the areas treated. Although complications are rare, all possible risks should be discussed with a doctor prior to treatment.
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