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How Does Botox treatment work to mitigate TMJ/TMD Symptoms?

The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is a jaw joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. TMD (temporomandibular disorder) sufferers are at risk for debilitating neck or jaw pain which can hinder their everyday life similar to an arthritis pain in the jaw joint. Chronic pain, headaches, muscle spasms, and a stiff jaw are common symptoms of this disorder (which often is combined with myofascial pain and bruxism disorder). Untreated TMD can lead to ear pain, depression, malnutrition, and eating disorders as a result of the pain. If you suffer from TMD, Dr. Amin Samadian can help with Botox® treatments as one of the various tools that he uses to treat this condition.

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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. 

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What’s Botox Treatment for TMJ Like?

Your Botox® treatment may be a small part of a larger treatment plan that includes anti-inflammatory medications, targeted jaw and neck stretches, and stress reduction techniques along with correcting your bite and underlying issues related to your occlusion and bruxism (grinding). After careful evaluation of your specific TMJ anatomy and movements, Dr. Samadian will inject Botox® using a fine needle into the strained muscles that are causing the pain, most often in your jawline and temple. You’ll feel the typical pinch of a standard tiny needle injection, but otherwise Botox® is not painful. The treated area may be numbed with cold compresses or numbing creams, and it’s recommended you don’t rub or massage the injection sites for several days to avoid displacing the Botox®. Treatments are quick, around 10 minutes, and you’re free to resume your regular schedule immediately after your appointment. Typical TMJ patients require a couple of  treatments over a period of several months to a year granted that they fix the underlying issues that are leading to the problem. 

What Results Can I Expect with Botox?

You may experience mild improvement with Botox® a day or two following your treatment, but real relief begins after 7-10 days. Botox® is not a one-time treatment, as its effects will begin to wear off around 12 months. This is why multiple treatments may be necessary so relief from TMD symptoms remains uninterrupted.

Botox® is just one tool in Dr. Samadian’s arsenal to treat TMJ disorders. He’ll determine every possible cause for your TMJ pain and work to alleviate the source of your disorder, not just the symptoms. If you have jaw asymmetries, a misaligned bite, or malocclusion, Dr. Samadian will design a treatment protocol to correct the whole problem. You want a dentist who is specially trained in treating TMJ, and Dr. Amin Samadian is passionate about whole health and advanced dentistry. Your smile is worth it.

What Our Patients Say About Us

*Individual Results May Vary

EVA'S STORY

I could not recommend Dr. Samadian more – AND all of his staff, at that! No longer will I mind or be afraid of going to the dentist.

BILL'S STORY

Very informative, patient and sensitive to your needs. Very focused, and desires to ensure it’s done properly the first time.

Take the Next Step

If you have more questions about TMJ and its treatments, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Amin Samadian in East Bay, Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Piedmont, Danville, San Ramon, Alamo, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Oakland, Berkeley, and Brentwood, CA today. You can count on him to help you make an informed decision. Call us at (925-254-2360) or fill out our convenient online contact form.

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