The temporomandibular joint (known as the TMJ) is the joint where the jawbone meets the skull. It is used every day to eat, talk, and swallow. This joint can become displaced or overworked due to excessive teeth grinding. This can lead to severe tension headaches and chronic pain in the jaw.
BOTOX dental treatments can confront the headaches and pain by relieving the tension in the TMJ.
We will perform a BOTOX evaluation for you – BOTOX providers must screen patients in order to determine eligibility for the treatment. If you have spoken with a provider that does not require this step, you should definitely find another place to receive the BOTOX treatment. At the screening consultation, Dr. Carroll will thoroughly review your medical history before suggesting or commencing treatment. It will be imperative for you to honestly disclose all information regarding the use of medications or other substances.
BOTOX can provide genuine relief for serious pain – BOTOX injections can provide substantial relief from the soreness and pain associated with a TMJ disorder. While the injections will not keep you from performing necessary daily activities like chewing, swallowing, and talking, the injections will reduce the ability of your facial muscles to engage in the grinding that is producing the pain. BOTOX is a convenient and effective alternative solution for many people who are dealing with jaw tension.
- BOTOX is safe – When administered by certified professionals, BOTOX treatments have been proven to be a safe treatment for most patients with jaw tension or a TMJ disorder. It is an FDA-approved alternative to traditional treatment.
- BOTOX can save you money – Excessive grinding will eventually cause worn teeth and damaged gums. The dental solutions for these problems can prove to be quite costly. BOTOX treatment can seriously reduce the grinding and help prevent costly dental expenses in the future.
- BOTOX is a therapeutic option to current drug therapy – Effective BOTOX treatment can significantly reduce or even eliminate the need for daily medications or more severe medications that address migraine headaches and chronic tension headaches. Many headache medications carry the possibility of serious side effects such as heart attacks, strokes, and sleepiness.
- BOTOX injections are simple – The actual procedure takes approximately ten minutes. The procedure is minimally invasive and is associated with minimal discomfort or pain.
For patients who struggle with TMJ disorders or jaw tension, the irregular muscle function brings pain and discomfort. To confront the irregular muscle function, BOTOX Cosmetic is injected to block the chemical signal that transmits from the muscle to the nerve. This injection causes a temporary paralysis of the muscle that will begin within a few days until it peaks two to four weeks later. This keeps the affected muscle from being able to engage in problematic grinding of the teeth; however, the muscle is able to carry out its normal, daily functions. The resulting freedom from pain and discomfort will last from three to six months.
While BOTOX is a highly-purified muscle toxin (which has been isolated from a specific strain of bacteria), it has been used safely for medical treatment for the past 25 years. It is administered in situations that require the relaxation of muscles, and it is only given in safe, minuscule amounts. While being used for the relaxation of muscles, it was discovered that BOTOX carried a secondary effect of erasing wrinkles. It now has the approval of the FDA for cosmetic uses.
BOTOX has also developed into an effective alternative treatment for tension headaches and migraines. It is often preferred over current drug therapy for headaches for a couple of reasons. Effective BOTOX treatment can severely reduce or even entirely eliminate the need for strong medications on a daily basis. Also, BOTOX does not carry the serious side effects (e.g., heart attacks, stroke, and sleepiness) that many headache medicines have.
The typical BOTOX treatment will be effective for 4-6 months. The procedure is non-surgical. This means that the patient will not need “down time” for recovery and can return to their regular schedule immediately.
As with any medical procedure, there is the risk of minor side effects. These can include respiratory infection, flu-like symptoms, headaches, nausea, and temporary eyelid droop.
In very rare situations (less than 3%), side effects may include redness at the injection site, muscle weakness, or pain in the facial muscles. These effects are generally believed to be directly associated with the injection itself and will relieve themselves within a week.
Some patients will not be able to make use of BOTOX treatments. These include patients with an infection in the proposed injection area. Also, patients who are allergic to any ingredient in the BOTOX formula will be unable to get the BOTOX injections.
The BOTOX procedure itself is quite simple and will usually take about 10 minutes to administer. Because it is minimally invasive, there is typically very little discomfort associated with the procedure.
Every situation is different, and the costs can vary from patient to patient.The biggest factor is the number of injection sites to be considered. Also, each time the additional injections are needed to maintain the advantageous effects, there will be additional expense.
If you would like to take the greatest precautions, there are a few items that you should not take in the two weeks preceding the injections. This can reduce the possibility of bruising.
- Fish Oils
- More than 100 IU/day of vitamin E
There are clients who continue taking these supplements right up to the treatment day.
It is recommended that you not lie face down for four hours following the injection. All other regular activities may be resumed immediately after treatment.
There are unqualified practitioners who will use illegal and unsafe drugs to administer cosmetic treatments. In these situations, it is possible for a patient to suffer in their health or worse. The popularity of BOTOX and other soft-tissue fillers for cosmetic purposes has encouraged many non-medical practitioners to offer BOTOX treatments without appropriate training or credentials. Eager patients are often enticed by the promise of less expensive treatments or breakthrough treatments.
It is essential that you get your BOTOX injections from qualified professionals in order to protect your health and safety. These procedures should always be performed in appropriate facilities by a physician who is properly qualified to perform the specific treatment you are seeking.