Temporomandibular Joint Disorder/Dysfunction, also referred to as TMJ Syndrome, affects millions of Americans. Located on both sides of the head at the point where the jawbone meets the skull, the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) is used during talking, eating, swallowing, and other everyday activities. If this joint becomes displaced or is overworked through excessive teeth grinding, a person may suffer tension headaches, as well as pain in the jaw.
Common treatments include the use of night guards, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, and more recently BOTOX. BOTOX relieves jaw tension by making muscles unable to engage in the powerful, often the unconscious movement of the jaw that produces headaches and pain.
BOTOX is used as an alternative treatment for TMJ disorders and associated jaw tension and pain. When injected into facial muscles afflicted with soreness and discomfort, BOTOX relieves TMJ and jaw tension for many patients. The injections often eliminate headaches resulting from teeth grinding, and, in cases of severe stress, BOTOX can even minimize lockjaw. Although BOTOX treatment for these conditions is presently experimental; evidence indicates that it can be extremely effective.
The BOTOX treatment for TMJ disorders and jaw tension is usually quick, straightforward, and effective. A non-surgical procedure, BOTOX injections are administered in office and treatment requires no follow-up.
What to Expect Post-Botox Treatment
Most patients experience noticeable improvement within one or two days of their first treatment, although relief can take up to a week, or in some cases 2 weeks
If you are suffering from TMJ syndrome come into OSR for an evaluation today! We offer many of the common treatments as well as BOTOX to help relieve your pain.
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