Botox For TMJ Treatment
Botox has become a very successful and popular treatment for a slew of conditions extending beyond its aesthetic uses. One such example is the use of Botox for TMJ treatment.
What Is TMJ?
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders are a group of problems related to the joints that connect the lower jaw to the skull. Symptoms of a TMJ disorder such as clicking and popping sounds and limited jaw opening occur when the jaw joints and the chewing muscles do not work in harmony. Some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions, so early detection and treatment are important.
Common TMJ Causes
TMJ causes are various and such disorders develop for many reasons. Clenching or grinding your teeth tightens the jaw muscles and stresses the jaw joints. Injuries and joint disease can damage the joint cartilage or bone directly, or stretch or tear the muscle tendons. As a result, the cartilage disc, which is the “cushion” in the jaw joint, can slip out of position. TMJ disorders can result in a misaligned bite, joint and facial pain, limited jaw opening, or clicking or grating noise in the joints when you open your mouth.
Botox For TMJ Treatment
There are various TMJ treatment options to improve the harmony and function of your jaw joints. Temporomandibular joint disorders can now be treated with Botox injections. The treatment takes just a few minutes and is performed in a dermatologist’s office. Dr. Myers explains that, “Botox blocks the neurotransmitters that lead to localized muscle contraction.” This allows the jaw muscles surrounding the temporomandibular joint to relax. This relaxation of jaw tension often decreases or eliminates the pain associated with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and offers TMJ relief. Botox for TMJ treatment has no downtime and the effects are seen within two weeks. Relaxation of jaw tension can often improve severe tension headaches and jaw pain. The use of Botox for TMJ treatment is safe and has given many patients TMJ relief without surgery.
Utah Valley Dermatology
If you have questions concerning TMJ Disorders or would like to know more about Botox for TMJ treatment or Botox injections in general, call our office today and schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Myers. At your visit, Dr. Myers will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan for your condition.
Dr. David Myers
Dr. David Myers is a board certified dermatologist and Fellow of the American Society for Mohs Surgery. His expertise and attention to detail make him a trusted doctor in his community.