You are probably familiar with Botox to treat wrinkles and fine lines, but did you know that dentists use Botox injections as well? In Midtown East, Dr. Chern and the New York General Dentistry team use Botox to treat TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder. If you suffer from frequent headaches, limited jaw movement, or jaw pain, continue reading to learn more about how Botox could help you find relief
How Does Botox for TMJ Pain Work?
TMJ or TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) pain is caused by issues with the masseter and temporalis muscles of the jaw, which can include teeth grinding, constrained muscles, or muscle spasticity. Botox can be carefully injected into these muscles to relax them, relieving pain, inhibited jaw movement, headaches, or clicking caused by TMJ. The active ingredient in Botox is botulinum toxin, which is known as a neuromodulator. This works to block nerve receptors in the muscles, temporarily reducing their movement. Typically, Botox injections are recommended in conjunction with other TMJ treatments such as massage and nightguards.
What is the Botox for TMJ Procedure Like?
When you choose Botox for TMJ in Midtown East, Dr. Chern will first carefully evaluate the jaw area and do a full muscle and TMJ evaluation to access the best treatment and areas to administer the Botox In most cases, a series of injections throughout the facial muscles, including the jaw, temple, and forehead, are used to ensure effective results. The needles used to complete Botox injections are very small, so anesthesia is not necessary. Immediately after your injections, you may have some slight swelling, redness, or soreness, which can be alleviated with an ice pack. Otherwise, you can return to your normal routine immediately but should take care to avoid strenuous activity like exercise for about 24 hours to prevent bruising. It is also important to avoid rubbing or putting pressure on your face to prevent the Botox from migrating to unintended areas. Botox results are usually noticeable about 5-7 days after your treatment with maximum result at 30 days.How Long Does Botox for TMJ Last?
Botox is not permanent, because the muscles will regenerate nerve receptors and regain full, natural movement over time. Typically, your Botox for TMJ results will last about 4-6 months. After this time has passed, you can return to New York General Dentistry for maintenance Botox injections. Dr. Chern will make a recommendation for how frequently you should receive repeated injections for your TMJ. Typically, patients find that their results last longer as they continue to receive maintenance Botox injections.
Choosing Your TMJ Dentist in Midtown East
While Botox for TMJ is becoming more widespread, not all dentists will offer this procedure. Achieving the intended results without causing complications requires training and experience with Botox that not all dentists have. Dr. Chern has the experience necessary to understand when Botox is your best option for finding relief from TMJ. Midtown East TMJ patients can put their trust in Dr. Chern’s expertise when it comes to treating their symptoms using Botox.
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By Dr. Inna Chern