How Botox Can Help Your TMJ Pain

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Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) is a group of conditions that affect your muscles that control chewing and your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). If you have the condition, you know it can be quite painful.

While the number of individuals with TMD isn't known for certain, estimates suggest more than 10 million people are affected with it in the U.S. It also tends to affect women more than men.

One particular effective treatment for TMJ pain is Botox® which we offer at Cityview Dental Arts by Dr. Jerry Bock. Botox provides substantial relief from the pain associated with TMD and reduces the frequency, intensity, and duration of recurrent episodes.

Botox can successfully treat:

A study in 2012 found Botox could reduce pain significantly and increase movements of the mouth for several months after treatment.

Two other studies, one in 2003 and the other in 2008, showed similar results. The 2003 study showed symptom improvement in up to 90 percent of the study's participants who weren't responding to conservative treatments.

What is Botox?

Botox is made from a toxin the bacterium Clostridium botulinum produces. Small doses can be used for treating health issues. Botox injections weaken and paralyze certain muscles or block certain nerves.

TMJ symptoms Botox treats

Botox can help treat TMD symptoms. You might benefit from this treatment the most if you've tried other methods that weren't successful. Botox could help treat the following symptoms of TMJ disorder:

TMJ headaches are a common symptom of TMD. These are typically due to tension, stress, and strain in your face, temple, and neck muscles.

Your temporal muscle starts at your temporal bone then circles under your cheekbone, connecting to your mandible. When this muscle is strained by inflammation, it can lead to pain similar to a tension headache. TMJ treatment for headaches is often challenging and many common treatments for headache are short-lived or ineffective. Botox works by relaxing and releasing this temporal muscle, relieving stain and tension and ultimately relieves your TMJ headache pain.

One thing to note, however, is Botox isn't FDA-approved for TMD use. When we offer this treatment, you should understand it's "off-label use" that's not approved by the FDA.

While Botox is effective at treating your TMD pain, it doesn't address what's causing your condition. You'll still need to get a proper diagnosis of what's causing your TMJ.

Call or book an appointment online today with Dr. Jerry Bock, DDS at Cityview Dental Arts to learn more about how Botox can help alleviate your jaw pain. Dr. Bock can help relieve jaw discomfort with Botox injections, to help you look and feel your best.

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