Patients suffering from TMJ disorder have a new option for treating symptoms: Botox. Although Botox has a reputation for its wrinkle-reducing abilities, it’s also effective at treating TMJ disorder symptoms such as headaches and migraines. There are approximately 75% of Americans currently experiencing some amount of TMJ disorder discomfort or pain, which makes having a variety of treatment options necessary. Botox offers a new type of TMJ disorder treatment that can help address the wide range of symptoms a patient may experience.
A new option for treating TMJ disorder
Using Botox to treat TMJ disorder symptoms is gaining popularity in dental offices, and this newer, highly effective option is good news for patients. TMJ disorder can cause symptoms including jaw pain, headaches, dizziness, jaw locking, neck pain, teeth grinding and back pain. While Botox may not be a suitable treatment for all patients, it can help those patients who still suffer from severe pain despite trying other treatments. There’s the potential for Botox to provide welcome relief to those suffering from TMJ disorder.
How Botox for TMJ disorder works
When a trained, medical professional injects Botox into facial muscles, it prevents signals from the nerves from reaching the muscles, which means the muscles can’t contract. This effect is what causes wrinkles to soften and relax when injecting Botox for cosmetic purposes. For TMJ disorder patients, this nerve-blocking ability minimizes or stops the often involuntary and powerful jaw movements that can lead to TMJ disorder pain.
Benefits of Botox for treating TMJ disorder
Botox treatment for TMJ disorder pain has several advantages. Botox injections don’t take much time and are non-invasive and efficient, which is an improvement over some other types of TMJ disorder treatments. Botox treatments may require repeating every 3-4 months, but for some patients, the treatments break the cycle of spasms and involuntary jaw movements. If the pain from TMJ disorder returns, it’s usually less intense than before Botox injections.
If you’re suffering from TMJ disorder pain or discomfort, it may be time to learn more about Botox treatment for your symptoms. With a specialization in TMJ disorder and qualifications to administer Botox, Dr. Joseph Banker can help treat your TMJ disorder and address any questions you have. Even if Botox treatments aren’t right for your particular symptoms, Creative Dental works with you to find the best solution to reduce your discomfort and pain. Contact our offices today to set up a Botox treatment consultation.