Botox and Jaw Pain
Temporomandibular joint dsyfunction (TMD) occurs when the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) becomes overworked due to excessive teeth grinding or clenching. The result is tension headaches, jaw clicking or jaw pain.
Botox Therapy focusses on relief of these symptoms which are not solved by traditional methods like splints, bite planes, physiotherapy, or drugs for pain relief.
Botox relieves TMD by relaxing specific muscles in the head and neck. When injected into the facial muscles afflicted with soreness and discomfort, Botox prevents the powerful, often unconscious movement of the jaw such as clenching that can cause headaches and other pain.
Botox treatment for TMD is usually quick and straightforward, taking 10-15 minutes, and remains effective for two to six months. Only the muscles areas injected with Botox will be relaxed, reducing their ability to engage in problematic grinding and clenching actions. Daily activities such as talking, chewing and swallowing remain unaffected. In addition, the treatment can help safeguard dental health by preventing excessive wear on the teeth and gums.