Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a commonly used hinge joint that connects the jaw to the skull. We use it to talk, chew, and even make facial expressions. With years of regular use, a temporomandibular joint can become overworked, leading to pain and other issues classified as TMJ disorders. Common signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders include:
- Pain behind the eyes
- Facial pain
- Clicking or popping when the mouth is opened
- Facial swelling
- Locking of the jaw
In recent years, doctors and dentists have worked to find a conservative yet effective treatment for TMJ disorders, as traditional methods have failed many patients, proving ineffective or being too surgically invasive. Throughout their research, dentists have found Botox to be a viable alternative treatment for TMJ pain.
Most commonly known as a miracle cure-all for anti-aging, Botox is an injectable that works by relaxing muscles to make them less mobile. The toxin acts to dull nerve function, which limits the amount of pain and discomfort TMJ disorder sufferers experience. Some of the benefits of using Botox to treat TMJ discomfort include:
- The ability to provide immediate relief
- Restoring facial expression
- Allowing masseter muscles to revert to their previous state
- Rebuilding muscle memory to improve TMJ function
Today, dentists use Botox as an intermediary treatment when other conservative therapies have failed a patient. In many cases, it can prevent the need for invasive surgery.
It’s important to note that Botox is not a permanent injectable. Its lifespan varies from patient to patient so periodic maintenance appointments will be required for a patient to continue benefiting from the treatment.
Are you interested in learning more about various treatment methods for your TMJ disorder? We’re happy to discuss your discomfort and treatment methods that may help alleviate your pain. Call us today to schedule your consultation.