How Does Botox® Help TMJ Symptoms?
The temporomandibular joint, where the jawbone meets the skull, is vital for eating, swallowing, talking, and certain facial expressions. TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders arise when the joint becomes displaced or is overworked. TMJ trauma leads to tension headaches, sharp jaw pain, excessive teeth grinding, and may lead to avoidance of necessary actions like eating and drinking. Many TMD sufferers experience this disorder due to a heavy bite or biting muscles that are too strong and strain the TMJ.
Most people think of Botox® as strictly a cosmetic wrinkle treatment, but Botox® has other medical capabilities. Botox is also FDA-approved for the treatment of migraines and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) as well as its common cosmetic uses. It’s a neuromodulator that uses botulinum toxin type A to block nerve signals from the brain to relax muscles, calm overactive sweat glands, and prevent certain movements. That’s what makes Botox® a viable treatment for TMJ disorder symptoms. By disengaging certain jaw muscles responsible for chronic TMJ pain and reducing their spasm and tension, Botox® relieves jaw tension, muscle spasms in the neck, tension headaches, teeth grinding, and in severe cases, it can even minimize lockjaw and give patients more range of jaw movement.
Am I a Good Candidate for Botox?
If you suffer TMJ and myofascial pain, Botox® treatments may be the right course of treatment for you. Dr. Amin Samadian will thoroughly assess your specific condition through a comprehensive, holistic approach. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Samadian to get started.