TMJ Pain relief treatment
Botox, a neurotoxin protein, may help treat symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. You may benefit most from this treatment if other methods haven’t worked. Botox can significantly decrease pain for four months following treatment.
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TMJ Disorder Relief FAQs
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 displaced or is overworked through excessive teeth grinding, a person may suffer severe tension headaches, as well as sharp pain in the jaw. Botox relieves jaw tension by making muscles unable to engage in the powerful, often unconscious movement of the jaw that produces headaches and pain.
The Botox alternative treatment for TMJ disorders and jaw tension is usually quick, straightforward, and effective. A non-surgical procedure, Botox injections are administered in a doctor’s office and treatment requires no hospital stay. Most patients experience noticeable improvement within one or two days of their first treatment, although relief can take up to a week.
The length of the Botulinum Toxin treatment procedure depends on the number of injections needed as determined by the doctor. Still, it is reasonable for the treatment procedure to be completed within 20-30 minutes.
The pain associated with the Botulinum Toxin TMJ Treatment procedure is due to the injections, but it is generally minimal and brief. Some patients have likened the Botulinum Toxin injection pain unto a “bug bite” or “prick”. Pain from the injection can be reduced by numbing proposed injection sites with a cold pack or anesthetic cream.
After the Botulinum Toxin TMJ Treatment muscle tenderness will start to disappear almost immediately. Wrinkles begin to disappear within 24 – 48 hours after the injections, and you may continue to see the wrinkles diminish up to one week after the Botox treatment procedure.
There may be mild temporary bruising, numbness, or redness around the injection sites. You may find that you look more natural and relaxed or less sad and angry.
Because the Botulinum Toxin Treatment procedure is non-surgical and non-invasive, it is highly likely that the patient can return to normal activities immediately. However, to avoid spreading the toxin to other muscles, patients should not rub or massage the area injected with Botulinum Toxin and remain upright for many hours. Extreme physical activity should also be limited for a time.
As with any medical procedure there are possible risks and side effects when using Botox for TMJ treatment. Since this is a non-surgical treatment procedure, the risks and possible complications are infrequent, minimal and temporary.
The most common reported side-effects of Botulinum Toxin treatment are redness at the spot of injection, muscle weakness around the treated area, and headaches. Less commonly reported effects of Botulinum Toxin are pain, asymmetry, and nausea. These symptoms are thought to be connected with the Botulinum Toxin injection and occur within the first week.
There could also be bruising at the injection site. Botox injection treatments should be avoided during pregnancy and lactation.
*Disclaimer: Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed. Only a professional can determine what your specific treatment plan should be.
Dr. David Capaldi is a licensed physician in Florida, New Jersey and New York and has extensive training in the most advanced treatments available today, including microneedling, Botox®, Juvéderm®, and Restylane®. Dr. Capaldi’s goal for his facial aesthetics is to enhance his patients’ natural beauty and confidence rather than trying to create new and unnatural looking faces.