What’s involved in Botox TMJ therapy and treatments?
If you have TMJ syndrome, headaches or migraine pain, and your healthcare professional determines you are a candidate for this treatment, your specific diagnosis and the severity of your condition will dictate how much Botox you will require.
Botox is injected into the affected head and neck muscles. Botox blocks nerve signals that cause muscle movements, essentially relaxing the muscles and reducing or elimination facial pain.
Botox injections take only a few minutes and will remain effective for up to 3 months. Pain symptoms my return 3 months after your initial treatment. With a series of treatments, Botox can retrain your muscles to relax and you will notice your symptoms resolve for longer periods of time.
You will also notice your facial esthetics will considerably improve. Facial wrinkles will disappear following the treatment. The jaw may even slim down creating a beautiful esthetic effect.
Dr. Barbara Frist will help you feel great and look great all in the same treatment.
What exactly in TMJ syndrome?
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, commonly referred to as TMJ or TMD occurs when there is a derangement in the normal functioning of the Temporomandibular Joint. Repetitive behaviors such as teeth grinding or clenching, gum chewing, fingernail biting or stress lead to enlargement of the head and neck muscles.
The disorder and dysfunction results in significant pain and impairment for many individuals. Symptoms includes, grinding, migraines, chronic headaches, earaches, facial pain, and damage to the teeth. Traditional treatments for TMJ include the use of bite guards, removal of wisdom teeth, and full mouth reconstructions. These treatments usually results in limited success. Botox and trigger point injections in the head and neck muscles are very effective treatments for TMJ syndrome, headaches, and facial point.
The facts about Botox treatment:
Botox treatment for TMJ typically takes just a few minutes depending on the number of injections needed.
Patients will begin to see results from their treatment with Botox within 3-5 days following the procedure.
The effects of treatment last for approximately 3 months.
After 2-3 treatments with Botox, many patients lose the habit which accompanies the repetitive grinding or clenching.
The use of Botox is very safe, however, as with any medical procedure there are possible risks and side effects to be aware of when using Botox for TMJ treatment.