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Botox for TMJ Pain
For people living with the pain, discomfort and disruption that TMJ brings to their daily lives, Botox treatment and its promising results have become a welcome development. Traditionally known for its wrinkle reducing powers, Botox is increasingly being employed by medical professionals to treat headaches, migraines and TMJ.
How Botox works
Botox injections are a non-invasive type of treatment for TMJ. When administered by a specially trained doctor, the treatment is efficient and usually completed in the office within minutes.
For TMJ treatment, Botox is injected into individual facial and jaw muscles that are operating incorrectly. The Botox works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles. This essentially arrests or minimizes the powerful and often unconscious jaw movement that causes TMJ pain, while still allowing people to engage in activities such as talking, chewing and swallowing.
Who should consider Botox
Botox is just one of many treatment options for people living with TMJ. The best approach, for those who have tried other treatments and feel Botox is right for them, is to make an appointment with Dr. Mitakides.
Botox injections are not a permanent solution and typically require repeat injections every four-to-seven months. However, some patients do find that after several rounds of injections their jaw muscles have broken the cycle of muscle spasms and involuntary movements that caused their TMJ. In these cases, although the TMJ pain will likely return after several months, it can be reduced over time.
Dr. Mitakides and his TMJ Treatment Center team advocate for using the right treatment plan for each individual TMJ diagnosis. Contact The TMJ Treatment Center team to learn more.