How does Botox work on TMJ?
Botox helps patients with TMJ disorder symptoms relax tense jaw muscles and reduce pain. By injecting botulinum toxin into the masseter and temporalis muscles, pain and discomfort from TMJ are reduced, and muscle activity is restricted. You will find it easier to address other environmental stressors that intensify TMD symptoms once you control your neck aches, facial pain, headaches, swelling, and discomfort.
Studies show that Botox injections significantly reduce pain and increase mouth movements for three months after the procedure. You’ll begin to notice other changes once the muscles around your TMJ relax. Once these muscles relax, you’ll notice:
- You sleep better.
- Your headaches dissipate.
- Less teeth sensitivity.
- Looser facial muscles.
Benefits of Treating TMJ with Botox
Although Botox for jaw pain is frequently recommended to reduce discomfort, this is not the only benefit of TMJ Botox therapy. Other potential benefits include:
Reduced Frequency of headaches
Since Botox helps relax the forehead, jaw, and other tense muscles, it can help reduce the frequency of headaches and chronic migraines caused by TMJ.
Better Sleep and Relaxation
You can get better sleep and relaxation with Botox treatment if you have TMJ because it relaxes your jaw muscles, helping you be at ease.
Getting these injections can relieve stress and anxiety-related tooth pain because Botox can help the jaw relax.
The Risks of Botox for TMJ
Using Botox for TMJ does carry some risks. Injecting botulinum toxin into the affected area can cause negative side effects such as temporary paralysis of muscles in the face and mouth, difficulty in swallowing, temporary vision problems due to injection, and even systemic reactions such as headaches and nausea.
There is also a risk that the patient may not respond to the treatment or that the effects may not last as long as expected. Additionally, there have been reports of an increased incidence of adverse events associated with Botox injections for TMJ when compared to other treatments, such as physical therapy or nightguards.