Many Palmer, IL patients are surprised to learn that Botox is an effective treatment option for TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders. When Botox is injected into sore, uncomfortable facial muscles, it can relieve pain and tension. If you’ve tried other types of treatment without success, a Botox injection for TMJ may help. While the results aren’t permanent, it’s often enough to break the cycle of chronic pain that can contribute to TMJ symptoms. If you’d like to find out if Botox for TMJ is right for you, contact us today to schedule a consultation.
What is TMJ and How Does Botox Help?
The temporomandibular joint is a small joint that is located on both sides of the head where the jawbone meets the skull. This joint acts like a hinge and allows the opening and closing movement of the lower jaw. If the joint becomes overworked or damaged, it can cause a number of painful symptoms, including:
- Pain and tenderness in the jaw
- Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints
- Aching pain in and around the ear
- Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
- Aching facial pain
- Locking of the joint that makes it difficult to open or close your mouth
- A clicking or grating sensation while opening your mouth or chewing
Jaw injuries, arthritis, and long-term jaw-clenching can contribute to TMJ disorders, but often the cause isn’t clear. Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles of the jaw. This helps to reduce unconscious movements that cause pain, like clenching or grinding. It also gives sore, tense muscles a chance to relax. Botox for TMJ is non-surgical and non-invasive. We can perform the treatment right here at our office, and it is generally completed within 10-30 minutes. The injections are virtually painless, which many Palmer, IL patients relating them to a bug bite.
If your TMJ symptoms are caused by an alignment issue, we may also recommend orthodontic treatment. If you find you clench or grind your teeth at night, we may also recommend a custom mouth guard. This will protect your teeth at night and reduce pressure on the TMJ. As a full-service dental office, we offer comprehensive services to help you look and feel your best. Whether you need dental fillings, teeth whitening, a crown, or a cleaning, we’re confident you’ll love coming to our friendly office. Schedule your appointment today by calling 217-483-7177 or book online.