Therapeutic Botox for TMJ

For the estimated 30 million Americans who suffer from temporomandibular muscle and joint disorders (TMD), including teeth grinding and clenching, there is now another option for treating the pain, headaches, and dental damage that often accompany them.

Botox® Cosmetic, which has been used since 2000 as the first and only FDA-approved treatment for reducing the appearance of frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet, has also been proven and found effective as a treatment modality for alleviating dental-related conditions like clenching and grinding, gummy smiles, and jaw pain.  There are also many other medical uses for Botox, such as muscle spasms and excessive sweating.

Dr. Rosa Nguyen, DDS, of Dental Depot DFW is proud to offer Therapeutic Botox for patients experiencing TMD and facial pain, clenching and grinding, headaches and migraines, gummy smiles, and even dry mouth.

Therapeutic Botox is an effective complement to other dental services, and dentists like Dr. Rosa are well-suited for administering Therapeutic Botox for several reasons.

  1. Therapeutic Botox treatment aligns with our dental philosophy of relying on minimally invasive procedures whenever possible.
  2. Dentists are already highly skilled and experienced in performing injections in the mouth and facial areas.
  3. Dentists are intimately familiar with the bony structures, muscles, and soft tissue of the mouth and face, and they understand the harmony between facial proportions and smile design.
  4. Therapeutic Botox allows dentists to offer comprehensive care and total facial aesthetics in one safe, convenient, and comfortable environment.

What is TMJ/TMD?

Temporomandibular muscle and joint disorders, or TMD, is a broad term for problems and irregularities associated with the joints and muscles responsible for the jaw’s complex movements, such as chewing and speaking. Stress, injury, and even arthritis can cause overstimulation in the muscles of mastication (chewing) and misalignment of the joint (or TMJ), producing more problems in the mouth, teeth, jaw, head, neck, shoulders, and ears. People with TMD may experience muscle spasms and pain, bruxism (clenching and grinding), difficulty opening and closing the jaw, and noises like popping or clicking.

Other signs of TMD include:

  • Sore or tired muscles in the jaw, face, shoulders, neck, or head
  • Cracked Teeth
  • Damaged/Failed Dental Work
  • Wearing and chipping of the Teeth
  • Broken Nightguards
  • Inability to Wear Night Guards
  • Limited jaw function
  • Jaw locking

Traditional treatments for TMD range from watchful waiting—as some symptoms may resolve on their own—to surgical procedures and everything in between. Patients suffering from TMD may need over-the-counter medication, nightguards, orthotic appliances to realign the bite, physical therapy, or stress management.

Therapeutic Botox Treatment for TMJ/TMD

For some patients, traditional treatments simply aren’t enough to address the severity of their TMD. Therapeutic Botox injections gently reduce muscle activity, functionality, and hypersensitivity so the muscles and nerves can relax and the large chewing muscles can rest properly without constant stimulation. Patients can still speak and chew normally, but the persistent clenching and tension of the muscles are relieved.

Therapeutic Botox can be administered by Dr. Rosa right in our offices at Dental Depot DFW, with no downtime, limited side effects, and initial relief of symptoms often within 24 hours.

What is Botox?

Botox is a protein made from the Botulinum toxin, which is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Although it is a toxin, when it is used correctly and in small doses, Botox can have enormous benefits in both cosmetic and medical settings.

Backed by over 17 years of published studies, Botox has been rigorously tested and continues to be a prolific and effective treatment. Thanks to a special manufacturing process, Botox’s potency is measured in precise units that cannot be replicated in similar products. This unique measuring system means that there is no such thing as “generic” Botox, so you can trust that your Botox injections are safe and consistent every time.

How does Botox work? 

Botox works by weakening or paralyzing the muscles into which it is injected, preventing the release of acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter important for reactions between the brain and muscles) and keeping the muscle cells from contracting and stiffening.

How is Botox used in dentistry for therapeutic purposes?

By relaxing the muscles in the forehead and temporalis, Therapeutic Botox injections can help relieve facial pain associated with TMD and migraines. Injections in the chewing muscles are used to treat TMD-related jaw pain as well as clenching and grinding (also known as bruxism), and injections in the upper lip can help correct gummy smiles and dry mouth.

When will I see results from my Therapeutic Botox TMJ treatment?

Botox treatments to relax the facial muscles that cause fine lines typically produce maximum results within 7-10 days. For Therapeutic Botox for TMJ, maximum results are seen at 3 months and can last up to 6 months and sometimes longer.

How long do the results from Therapeutic Botox TMJ treatments last?

On average, the results from Botox for fine lines and wrinkles last between 3-4 months. For Therapeutic treatments, patients average approximately 6 months.  New Botox patients are often encouraged to receive a second treatment around 6 months, with many noticing longer-term results (9 months or more) after just three treatments. 

Therapeutic Botox for TMJ from Dr. Rosa Nguyen at Dental Depot DFW

Therapeutic Botox is just one of the many treatment modalities Dental Depot DFW provides as part of our suite of comprehensive dental services. We believe good oral health is critical for good overall health, and we’re passionate about delivering the highest level of quality, professional dental care to every one of our patients.

If you or someone you love suffers from TMD, migraines, jaw pain, or bruxism that doesn’t respond to traditional treatments, or if you simply aren’t happy with the aesthetics of your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosa at one of our 6 DFW Metro area Dental Depot locations for a free consultation and find out if Therapeutic Botox is right for you.

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