BOTOX FOR TMJ
TMJ or the The temporomandibular joint is located where the jawbone meets the skull. TMJ disorders refer to several symptoms such as acute jaw pain, tension, locking, clicking, clenching and grinding teeth (bruxism).
The Botox® is injected into the masseter muscles that control the joint and causes them to relax. By relaxing the masseter muscles, the pain associated with TMJ disorders can be avoided because the ability to grind or clench one's teeth is dramatically reduced.
Many people experience relief from their symptoms in one to three days, but it may take up to four weeks for you to experience the full benefit of your Botox® TMJ treatment.
Causes of TMJ Disorder
Grinding (bruxism) or clenching of your teeth
Injury to the jaw, head or neck.
Dislocation or malposition of the disc in the TMJ
Stress causing muscle tension
WHAT IS IT?
We use a purified protein neuromodulator injection that helps relax facial and jaw muscles by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the muscles, thereby preventing them from grinding or clenching.
ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS?
Side effects, if they occur, are temporary. These commonly include minor bruising and swelling at the injection site.
The length of treatment depends on the area being treated. On average, the treatments are completed in 10 to 20 minutes
DOES IT HURT
Our trained physicians ensure that there is minimal to no pain during the injections, although you may experience some injection related discomfort.
Once injections have been administered TMJ symptoms are usually controlled for 6 to 12 months. Repeat treatments are required as the effects begin to diminish.
The reduction in symptoms begins to take effect in the first few days, but it may take up to 4 weeks to reach full effectiveness.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE?
You cannot receive this treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have a known neurological disorder (i.e. Myasthenia Gravis or Eaton Lambert Syndrome), or have an allergy to the ingredients in the botulinum toxin formulation, specifically albumin.
IS THIS TREATMENT COVERED?
An injection fee is charged to the patient for performing the procedure. However, the cost of the medication is covered by most private drug plans.