Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, is a condition that affects the joints connecting your jaw to your skull. Symptoms of TMJ include headaches, jaw pain, painful chewing, inflammation, and jaw locking. TMJ is also associated with depression and anxiety.
Although about 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ, there is no known cause. Scientists believe genetics, arthritis, and jaw trauma could play a role in how it develops.
At Rozenberg Dental NYC, our goal is to help patients in and around the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City have a healthy smile for life. We offer a full line of cosmetic and general dentistry services to meet all of your oral healthcare needs.
To help patients escape the chronic pain and discomfort of TMJ without surgery, Lana Rozenberg, DDS, uses injectable Botox® to alleviate your symptoms. Our team at Rozenberg Dental NYC has put together a short guide to explain how Botox effectively reduces the symptoms caused by TMJ.
Can botox eliminate jaw pain?
Botox can help to ease and even eliminate your TMJ and jaw pain. Botox works to paralyze overworked muscles in your jaw that cause your pain. The partial paralysis stops you from clenching or grinding your jaw (bruxism), eliminating your jaw pain. Botox treatment has been found especially helpful to those who suffer from stress linked to bruxism.
Can botox eliminate my headaches?
Those who suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder often experience strained temporalis muscles. This is the muscle that travels from your cheekbone to your temporal bone, which is located at the base of the skull. This causes symptoms similar to those of a tension headache. Getting botox treatment relaxes the muscle and eases the strain that causes your headaches.
How do I know Botox will work?
A study conducted on 26 patients suffering from pain and mobility issues from TMJ found that Botox treatment decreased the pain significantly and increased jaw mobility for up to three months after being administered the injections.
A separate study that focused on tension headaches found that Botox prevented headaches and reduced the occurrence of jaw pain episodes.
Is Botox the right treatment for my TMJ?
Your pain-free days may be closer than you think! But Botox therapy isn’t for everyone. This innovative therapy works best if your symptoms include tension headaches, pain, and discomfort due to involuntary jaw movements. Dr. Rozenberg evaluates your symptoms and dental history to create a treatment plan that’s right for you.
If Dr. Rozenberg believes you can benefit from Botox, you can rest easy knowing it’s a safe and effective treatment. Some of the biggest advantages of Botox are that it doesn’t require any extended recovery time, provides immediate results, and carries only minimal side effects — namely, bruising and tenderness at the injection site.
If you’ve tried anti-inflammatories and painkillers but your TMJ symptoms haven’t disappeared, it’s time for an expert opinion. To learn whether Botox therapy is the right option for you, contact our Upper East Side Manhattan office or book online now!