Neurotoxin is used as one treatment for TMJ (also known as the temporo-mandibular joint) disorders and the resultant jaw tension and pain. When it is injected into the facial muscles that are sore and suffering from discomfort, the neurotoxin relieves TMJ and jaw tension for many people. The injections can also get rid of headaches that are caused from grinding our teeth and in some cases, it can even minimize lock jaw. It is currently experimental, but evidence has shown that it can be very beneficial.
The TMJ is found on both sides of your head where the jawbone meets the skull. It is used for a variety of purposes such as talking, eating, and swallowing. If it becomes displaced or it’s overworked because of excessive teeth grinding, you might have severe headaches and sharp pains in your jaw. The neurotoxins will relieve the jaw tension by restricting the movements that cause the headache and pain.
The neurotoxin alternate treatment for TMJ disorders and the jaw tension is a straightforward, quick, and effective treatment. You simply get neurotoxin injections in a doctor’s office and there is no hospital stay. Most people will notice immediate improvement within a day or two after the treatment. It can, however, take up to a week.
Only the areas that are injected with the neurotoxin will be relaxed. The neurotoxin treatment for TMJ will not have any impact anywhere else in your body. These areas include the temporalis, frontalis, and masseter. Depending on the severity of your headaches, the neurotoxin may be injected elsewhere.
The length of the procedure will be dependent on how many injections you need. It typically takes between ten and thirty minutes.
The pain associated with the neurotoxin treatment is usually only from the injections themselves. People have compared it to a brief sting, or bug bite.
After the neurotoxin treatment, muscle tenderness will start to go away immediately. Wrinkles will begin to disappear between 24 and 48 hours and should go away after a week. There might be some bruising, numbness, or redness around the sites where you were injected.
Since it is a non-surgical and non-invasive treatment, most people can immediately return to normal activities. You should avoid rubbing or massaging the injection site for many hours.