Many Andrew, IL patients with TMJ/TMD are surprised to learn that Botox is used as an effective treatment to relieve their painful symptoms. Botox can relieve muscle tension around the temporomandibular joint. If you find that TMJ is causing headaches, teeth grinding, jaw clenching or tension, give us a call today to schedule a consultation to determine whether Botox for TMJ is right for you!
The temporomandibular joint is located on both sides of the head at the point that the jawbone meets the skull. This joint is used during eating, talking, and swallowing. If the joint becomes displaced or overworked, it can cause sharp jaw pain, as well as tension headaches. Botox for TMJ works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles of the jaw. This helps to reduce unconscious movements that cause pain, like clenching and grinding. A Botox injection for TMJ is a non-surgical, non-invasive option that can produce a noticeable improvement in TMJ symptoms. The length of the procedure can vary, depending on how many injections your dentist thinks are necessary. Generally, the injections can be completed within 10-30 minutes. Botox injections cause minimal pain; most patients say it feels like a bug bite or pinprick.
Getting Botox for TMJ
If you’re interested in a Botox injection for TMJ, the first step is to schedule a consultation. In some cases, TMJ can be related to bite issues, misaligned teeth or clenching and grinding the teeth at night. If your TMJ is related to a bite or misalignment issue, we may recommend orthodontic options. In the case of nighttime clenching and grinding, we may suggest wearing a custom mouthguard. This can be worn at night to protect your teeth and reduce pressure on your temporomandibular joint.
As a full-service dental office, we offer comprehensive services to keep you looking and feeling your very best. We offer general dentistry as well as cosmetic procedures. Whether you need a teeth cleaning, dental fillings, teeth whitening, a crown, or veneers, we’re confident you’ll be happy you chose our office! With our caring friendly team and soothing spa-like environment, our Andrew, IL patients always feel at ease. Give us a call today at 217-483-7177 to schedule your appointment.