Many people have problems with their Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). Symptoms from TMJ disorder include clicking, popping, dislocation, and pain. It is a very common disorder and is seen in much of the population. Even if you have no pain in your TMJ, problems with your “bite” can start to be seen on the tops of your teeth as well as next to your gum line. This eventually may lead to problems in your TMJ.
Botox Therapeutic Injections
One of the most promising new products we use for TMJ therapy, is Botox therapeutic injections. Botox, or Botulinum Toxin, is a neurotoxin in the form of a purified protein. It works by blocking the transmitters between the motor nerves that innervate the muscle.
Botox, along with occlusal splints and/or nightguards, is an alternative treatment for jaw tension, muscle tension, and associated pain. When injected into sore and inflamed facial and neck muscles, it’s most common benefit is the reduction of clenching/grinding events and their intensity by making the muscle unable to fully engage in those powerful movements. This reduces the discomfort and pain in your face and chewing muscles.
Most patients experience a noticeable improvement within 1-2 days of their first treatment, although relief can take up to 10 days.The effects of Botox are temporary and usually last up to 3 months. Dr. Robinson was trained in Botox Therapeutic through the American Academy of Facial Esthetics.
“If you are suffering from jaw pain or headaches due to TMJ, I would highly recommend Dena Robinson’s practice for Botox TMJ treatment. My discomfort was so intense (even while sleeping with a mouthguard) that it would wake me up in the middle of the night. The initial treatment is a measured process that requires office visits every couple of weeks, but maintenance will only require a quick appointment every 3-4 months. In addition to the injections, Dena Robinson and her staff have adjusted my mouthguard, created a temporary mouthguard and permanently modified my existing mouthguard to remove contact with the back molars. All of these additional services have been included in the cost for the injections. I would say that the office provides a comprehensive suite of services to cure TMJ pain. I am also experiencing a very welcome side effect to the treatment — a slimmer jawline!”
—Lauren R. / Dr. Robinson Patient