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.
Appointments are 20-30 minutes depending on the area being treated
There is no recovery time for Botox injections and patients may return to normal activities after a few hours.
DOES IT HURT
You may experience some injection related discomfort.
ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS?
Minor bruising or swelling at the injection site.
Repeat treatments required every 4-6 months
The reduction in symptoms in the first few days, up to 4 weeks for to reach full effectiveness
PRE TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS
Do not consume alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior. Avoid anti inflammatory medications 72 hours prior
Instructions provided after treatment
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?
Most extended medical plans will cover a portion of the treatment. Please check with your specific medical coverage provider