Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can be difficult to diagnose and treat, as the symptoms are often complex and confusing. As an emerging and effective technique, Dr. Scott Schwartz now offers botox injections to alleviate pain from TMJ disorders, a minimally invasive procedure with the potential for long-term relief. It can help paralyze the overactive muscles that cause pain and dysfunction.
TMJ Pain Relief with Botox
Botox is an effective way to help alleviate the symptoms of TMJ disorders, especially for patients who are experiencing painful and disabling symptoms.
The temporomandibular joint is found on either side of the jaw and is responsible for its normal functioning. During our everyday activities, it is subjected to strain and tension. In certain cases, the muscles surrounding the TMJ become over-contracted and tense due to stress-related jaw movements.
Basically, TMJ symptoms vary from one person to another, which makes diagnosis and treatment a tricky task. They may cause pain in the jaw joints, muscles of mastication and surrounding areas such as the neck, face, head or ears. The first line of treatment is conservative intervention, which includes lifestyle changes, physical therapy exercises and/or splint therapy.
But in some cases, these treatments may not be enough to provide lasting relief. When these instances happen, your doctor may recommend other medications, one of which is botox. It’s a form of injection administered to paralyze muscles in the specific area that is causing discomfort.
Many studies have proven that botox injections are effective in relieving pain associated with TMJ disorders. Clinical evidence suggests that botox injections can reduce muscle activity and lessen the pain, stiffness, tenderness, and altered jaw movements linked with TMJ dysfunction.
One of the most notable advantages of botox for TMJ pain is that normal functions like eating, speaking and yawning are preserved. You will only be able to tell the difference as pain and discomfort are reduced. It also works quickly, with positive results usually seen within a few days to weeks of receiving the injections.
How Botox Works
Coming from the phrase botulinum toxin, botox is a powerful neurotoxin that works by blocking nerve signals, causing muscles to relax and stop contracting. When injected into a specific muscle site in the jaw area, it paralyzes the muscle to reduce its activity.
Botox is a safe cosmetic procedure primarily used to reduce wrinkles and slow down the signs of aging through facial rejuvenation. Doctors may also recommend it for other purposes such as relieving chronic headaches, easing back and neck pain, and relieving TMJ discomfort.
The procedure itself is minimally invasive and the results are usually seen within a few days after the injection. Injection sites are mostly located between the ear and lower jaw, in front of the zygomatic arch, or in the temporalis muscle.
The effects of the botox injections are typically experienced after two to three weeks and can last for up to seven months. Most doctors recommend that botox injections should be repeated every six months or so in order to achieve the best results and lasting relief.
How We Can Help
If you’re experiencing TMJ symptoms that are becoming difficult to manage, Dr. Schwartz can recommend botox injections to massively reduce the amount of tension and muscle activity in your jaw. But first, proper assessment and diagnosis will be performed to ensure patient safety and comfort.
To be a candidate for botox, Dr. Schwartz needs to make sure that it is safe to use in conjunction with any medication or substances you are currently taking. This is why it’s important to be transparent in terms of your current medical situation and history so that proper care and treatment can be provided.
Consult Dr. Schwartz
Don’t let TMJ disorder limit you from doing the things that make you happy. Get a comprehensive evaluation from Dr. Schwartz today! He and our team will provide you with the best treatment plan for your TMJ disorder and ensure that it is tailored to fit your needs and lifestyle.