How Botox Effectively Reduces the Symptoms Caused by TMJ

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! 

You Might Also Enjoy...

5 Ways to Reduce Daytime and Nighttime Teeth Grinding

When it comes to your teeth, grinding and clenching might not seem like a big deal. But over time, these habits can cause major problems for your teeth and your overall wellness, too. Here are five things you can do to break these damaging habits.

Why You Should Never Ignore a Missing Tooth

You might imagine the best reasons to address a missing tooth would be cosmetic. But, that’s not really the case. A missing tooth can have a negative impact on your oral health as well as on your appearance.

How Gum Disease Affects Your Overall Health

You know you’re supposed to brush and floss every day, and you don’t want to develop cavities. But did you know there’s an even more severe problem that can result from poor dental hygiene?

Revive Your Smile With Veneers

If your smile is looking a bit dull or drab, veneers offer the perfect combination of ease, form, and function and provide the perfect smile you deserve. Keep reading to learn more about this versatile restoration.

The Difference Between Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are both used to restore damaged teeth. Yet many people aren’t aware of how they “work” — or how they differ. If you have a large cavity or other tooth damage, here’s how to tell if an inlay or onlay might be a good choice for you.