How Does Botox Help TMJ?

TMJ disorders are becoming an increasingly common cause of pain among patients today. These disorders tend to trigger pain while chewing and talking, as well as locking or clicking of the jaw joint. The first line of relief for TMJ disorders often involves painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications, which can yield poor results.

Thankfully, we now have an effective, minimally-invasive treatment option for patients suffering from TMJ disorders: Botox injections.  

Understanding TMJ Disorders

The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) attaches the rounded end of the jaw, known as the condyle, to the skull’s base. Many factors can contribute to TMJ disorders, including:

  • Bruxism

Patients may grind or clench their teeth at night. The phenomenon often goes unnoticed and can be diagnosed by jaw pain in the morning. 

  • Arthritis

If you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis, you may notice pain or restricted jaw movement. 

  • Jaw Injuries

Jaw injuries can directly damage the TMJ, leading to pain, stiffness, and discomfort. 

  • Genetic predisposition

 If TMJ disorder runs in the family, you’re more likely to develop it.

Botox Treatment for TMJ Disorders

Several muscles that we use to chew are affected by TMJ disorders, often leading to muscle aches and facial pain. Overusing one of the key muscles used to chew, known as the masseter, is a common cause of pain and discomfort with TMJ disorders. In fact, patients who chronically clench the jaw may have an enlarged masseter muscle. 

Botox is used as a muscle relaxant in TMJ therapy. The injections are administered into the masseter muscle to alleviate tension and pain in the TMJ. Patients typically experience jaw pain relief within just two weeks of Botox treatment, and these results can last for up to four months. 

At Hermann Aesthetics & Wellness, we’re happy to offer Botox for TMJ to help our patients achieve relief from jaw pain. Contact us today for a consultation!