The temporomandibular joint or TMJ connects your lower jaw to your skull on each side of your head. TMJ pain can cause many symptoms such as headaches, jaw tension, or earaches. Stress can worsen your pain and lead you to severe teeth grinding or even lockjaw. Your dentist may recommend Botox injections to alleviate some of your pain, whether as an individual treatment or as part of a broader care plan.
Many people associate Botox with cosmetic procedures to reduce facial wrinkles, but this neuromodulator has therapeutic qualities.
What TMJ Pain Symptoms Can Botox Reduce?
If you have not responded to previous TMJ pain relief methods like mouthguards, Botox can offer an effective alternative. Botox blocks nerve signals to certain muscles, which helps relax the jaw without interfering with your ability to bite, chew, swallow, or speak.
Botox can alleviate the following TMJ pain symptoms:
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscle spasms
- Teeth grinding
- Neck and shoulder pain
By relaxing your muscles, Botox helps prevent involuntary jaw tension and teeth grinding which can increase TMJ pain, especially when you are experiencing high or persistent levels of stress.
Finding a TMJ pain relief solution is important for your oral health. If left untreated, TMJ pain can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Botox Is Minimally Invasive and Convenient
Before beginning your Botox injections, your dentist will review your current prescription medication and health history, to ensure that Botox does not interfere with any conditions or susbtances.
Your dentist may recommend a Botox alternative if you are:
- Trying to conceive, pregnant, breastfeeding
- Allergic to some of its components
Botox is easy to schedule because your dentist only needs 10 to 20 minutes to administer the injections at their office. They use a very fine needle to inject Botox into various facial muscles in the forehead, temples, and jaw areas. You may experience brief and minimal discomfort when receiving the injection.
You can safely resume your normal activities right after your appointment, including driving. You may experience some mild pain that you can treat with cold compresses in the following hours. To optimize your post-injection care, avoid rubbing or massaging the injection sites. Refraining from strenuous physical activity for 24 hours is also important.
How Long Do the Effects of Botox Last for TMJ?
You typically start feeling increased comfort within 48 hours after your injections. It may take up to several days for you to experience the full benefits of Botox. You should enjoy significant TMJ pain relief for about three months. Your provider will adjust your injection schedule according to your needs to ensure continuous treatment. As a conservative solution, Botox is safe for regular and long-term TMJ pain management.
Call Access Dental today at (973) 358-6266 or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment to get relief for your TMJ pain!