Increasingly, BOTOX is used as an alternative treatment to guards (for day or night) for TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders and associated jaw tension and facial pain. When injected into the jaw, head and facial muscles afflicted with soreness and discomfort, BOTOX relieves TMJ pain and jaw tension for many patients. The injections often eliminate the headaches resulting from tooth grinding and jaw clenching. With BOTOX, you can experience great benefits such as:
- Long-term relief, up to six months
- Never having to worry about wearing a day or night guard
- Relieves tension headaches and jaw pain
- Relief within days of treatment
Located on both sides of the head at the point where the jawbone meets the skull, the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) is used during talking, eating, swallowing, and other everyday activities. If this joint becomes inflamed, displaced or is overworked through excessive tooth grinding or jaw clenching, a person may suffer severe tension headaches, as well as sharp pain in the jaw and associated muscles. The muscled primarily involved are the jaw elevator muscles called the Masseter and Temporalis muscles. BOTOX relieves jaw tension by preventing these muscles from engaging in the powerful, often unconscious movement of the jaw that produces headaches and facial pain.
The BOTOX alternative treatment for TMJ disorders and jaw tension is usually quick, straightforward, and effective. As a non-surgical procedure, BOTOX injections are personally administered by Dr. Lyew in the office setting. Most patients experience noticeable improvement within two to three days following their first treatment, although relief can take up to a week for certain individuals. To learn more about BOTOX for TMJ, contact our office to schedule your consult with Dr. Lyew.
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