Learn About Botox Injections for TMJ Pain
TMJ pain can make eating and talking uncomfortable. The symptoms associated with TMJ such as clicking of your jaw, headaches, and difficulty chewing can send you looking for solutions. You may associate getting Botox injections with cosmetic treatment. However, it is far more versatile than ridding people of wrinkles and laugh lines.
Dr. Todd Shatkin provides effective treatment for TMJ with Botox. If you would like to learn more about this treatment, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today. We would be happy to book your free consultation today.
What Causes TMJ Pain?
TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint. It is not the actual diagnosis you would receive. The diagnosis is called TMD which is short for temporomandibular joint disorder. This refers to the disorder of your joint itself which can be the cause of pain and discomfort.
There are a few reasons why you might have this disorder. First could be due to you unconsciously grinding or clenching your jaw, especially at night. Stress can make this worse as well because people often tense their muscles when they are dealing with emotional or mental turmoil.
The more clinical reasons why someone might have TMD is due to arthritis of the TMJ, having improper bite alignment, trauma to the area, or a dislocated TMJ. All of these issues can cause serious pain and discomfort. You are likely anxious to find relieve.
How Can Botox Injections Help TMJ Pain?
Do you ever find that your TMJ pain can be temporarily relieved by stretching your jaw and massaging the muscle? Imagine that relief but it does not go away the moment you stop massaging. Botox can relax the muscles to allow your pain to lift for months at a time.
Botox can give you relief from the underlying causes of your TMD.
The way that it works is, when injected into the muscle, it essentially freezes it and prevents it from contracting which is often the source of your pain. This will allow the inflammation to reduce as well as your pain levels.
This freezing of the muscle is often why you can tell if someone has received cosmetic Botox. They may not be able to crease their foreheads if they received Botox there. Do not worry, though. Your ability to talk, chew, smile, etc. will not be impacted by these injections.
Are Botox Injections Safe?
Botox has been used for all sorts of treatments since the late 80s. It may surprise you to know that Botox was not initially used for cosmetic purposes, but for a blinking disorder to relax those muscles. Since then, the use of it has branched out from a clinic setting to cosmetic treatments.
Botox is actually short for Botulinum Toxin. Do not let the full name of Botox scare you. It is the result of a bacteria that is naturally occurring and has received the stamp of approval from the FDA for various treatments.
Despite the word “toxin” in the name of the product, Botox is not toxic. The injections are considered perfectly safe. In a period of nearly 15 years, there were only a couple dozen reports of patients who had reported adverse effects from using Botox.
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If you are tired of having TMJ pain day in and day out, we would be more than happy to help you. You are likely eager to find relief and we know how to provide that for you.
If you would like to learn more about how Botox injections, please do not hesitate to reach out to us to learn more about how we can help you get the results that you have been hoping for. We offer Botox for men and women throughout Arizona. Book your free consultation with us today.