Botox is used as a treatment for TMJ (also known as the temporomandibular joint) disorders. When it is injected into facial muscles that are sore and suffering from discomfort, the Botox relieves TMJ and jaw tension for many people. The injections can also get rid of headaches that are caused by teeth grinding, and in some cases, it can even minimize lockjaw. Evidence has shown that Botox can be very beneficial for TMJ treatment. For more information about this TMJ treatment, contact our Uptown Houston dental practice. We are located near the Galleria.
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. Botox will relieve the jaw tension by restricting the movements that cause the headache and pain.
The Botox treatment for TMJ disorders and jaw tension is a straightforward, quick, and effective treatment. You can simply get Botox injections in our Uptown Houston dental office, and there is no hospital stay required. 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 Botox will be relaxed. The Botox treatment for TMJ will not have any impact anywhere else in your body. Depending on the severity of your headaches, then Botox 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 at our dental office near the Galleria.
The pain associated with the Botox treatment is usually only from the injections themselves. People have compared it to a brief sting or bug bite.
After the Botox 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.
Contact our Uptown dental office near the Galleria to learn more about this procedure.