You may know Botox as the most popular way to eliminate wrinkles without surgery. However, did you know that Botox may be your answer to frustrating TMJ symptoms too? The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the jaw joint that allows you to yawn, speak and chew. Unfortunately, the TMJ is also a common source of discomfort for many patients. When this jaw joint gets overworked, inflamed or strained, it can lead to jaw pain, jaw stiffness, headaches, facial pain and much more. For many, dental Botox is an easy, quick and effective solution to these highly disruptive TMJ issues.
How Does Botox Target TMJ Symptoms
Botox is an FDA approved injectable product. It is a neuromodulator, which means it works by temporarily relaxing targeted muscles. In terms of anti-aging, Botox relaxes the muscles that create unwanted wrinkles and fine lines. However, when used for TMJ, it can relax the muscles that are over-straining and irritating the jaw joint.
TMJ issues (or TMD) are typically caused when the surrounding muscles work too hard. This is often the case in patients who grind or clench their teeth on a regular basis. Bruxism also tends to be a subconscious or nighttime habit, which makes it especially hard to stop. However, when a skilled dentist injects Botox, it can relieve the jaw tension by rendering the targeted jaw muscles unable to move in such a forceful manner. Only certain jaw muscles are injected, which means patients are still able to open and close their mouth and use their jaw like normal, but the discomfort and pain can be greatly reduced.
Schedule Dental Botox in Carrollton
Dr. Tejal Kakade is a talented cosmetic dentist who is highly trained to perform facial injections involving Botox and fillers. While we can certainly help reduce the signs of aging with these innovative products, Dr. Kakade also uses Botox for TMJ pain with great success. To learn if your jaw discomfort can be treated with Botox, please call our office today to schedule a consult.