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Botox for TMJ
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Woman holding her cheek due to her TMJ disorder at Summit Dental Care in Seattle.Your temporomandibular joints, or TMJ, are a very important feature of your mouth. These joints are located one on each side of the face at the point where your lower jaw meets your skull. These joints are responsible for the movement of your mouth, allowing you to bite, chew, and speak. Each joint is a ball and socket with a disc in the center, which works to absorb the impact of the load placed on the jaw. If the TMJ becomes irritated and inflamed, moving your mouth becomes more difficult, and can cause excruciating pain. At Summit Dental Care, our Seattle dentist can provide treatment for your TMJ discomfort with Botox.

TMJ Disorder

TMJ disorder is a condition that encompasses some different issues that can affect the condition of your temporomandibular joints and your jaw. These issues, which include bruxism, misaligned teeth and jaws, and facial trauma, can cause irritation and inflammation in your TMJ, which can cause unbearable pain and make any movements of your mouth extremely difficult. In addition to joint and jaw pain, other symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
•  Facial pain
•  Swelling near the TMJ
•  Difficulty biting, chewing, and speaking
•  Temporary immobility of your jaw, called lockjaw
•  Chronic headaches and earaches

What is Botox?

When you hear the word Botox, what comes to mind? Botox is most commonly associated with cosmetic procedures to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. While popular for this type of treatment, Botox is also an effective treatment for TMJ disorder often caused by bruxism.

Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin A, which is FDA approved, and it is a safe and effective treatment. It is an injectable liquid that was originally approved in 1989 to treat muscle spasms. It was not cleared for cosmetic use until 2002. Today, in addition to still being used for cosmetic and medical purposes, it is also being used in dental offices across the country to alleviate the symptoms of TMJ disorder.

Botox for TMJ

Botox is also very effective for treating bruxism and TMJ disorder. Bruxism is a condition in which you grind and clench your teeth. Frequently caused by stress, the muscles in your jaw contract, which forces your teeth to grind together with excessive pressure. This causes extreme pressure in your jaw muscles as well as your temporomandibular joints. It can cause serious complications like extreme pain, difficulty moving your mouth, and several issues with your teeth. Botox can be used to stop grinding and clenching. Targeted injections work to weaken the muscles that contract to cause grinding and clenching. This alleviates the pressures on your jaw and your TMJ, giving you relief and restoring the normal functions to your mouth.

What Else Can Botox Treat?

Botox can be used to treat some different cosmetic issues as well as medical ones, including
•  Lines around, and on, your lips
•  Forehead lines
•  Lines and wrinkles around the eyes. These are commonly referred to as crows feet.
•  Chronic migraines
•  Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating
•  Muscle spasms that cause muscle twitching

How Does Botox Work?

Many cases of TMJ disorder are caused by overuse of the joints or excessive pressure placed on the jaw and joints as a result of stress-related involuntary movements. This excessive pressure can irritate the joints, which can lead to inflammation, as well as tire out the muscles in your jaw. Strategically injected Botox treatments are designed to relax the muscles, preventing your muscles from clenching and providing you with long-lasting relief from the pressures placed on your jaw and TMJ.

Getting Botox injections is a quick procedure, usually taking no more than 20 minutes to complete. There is no need to administer a local anesthetic first. Patients often report feeling a minor pinch or discomfort when the needle is inserted, but it is not unbearable. Once the injections are complete, you can go about your day as normal. We recommend avoiding strenuous activities for at least 24 hours. You should notice the full effect of your Botox treatment take effect within a few days of your initial treatment and results last approximately three months. It may be necessary to receive multiple treatments for the best results.

What Benefits Does Botox Offer?

Botox offers several benefits for those suffering from TMJ disorder.
•  Treatment is non-invasive. You do not even need a local anesthetic first.
•  There is no downtime. You can resume your normal activities after you leave the office.
•  Injections help to reduce the tension in your jaw without interfering with the normal functions of your mouth.
•  Alleviation of pain when you are eating or speaking.
•  Reduction in headaches.
•  Injections help to prevent serious issues from occurring later, such as tooth damage, loose teeth, and gum recession.

Is Botox Safe?

Botox is a very safe, and very effective, treatment. Just like any other procedure, however, there are some risks to be aware of. The most common risks associated with Botox are muscle freezing, drooping, and asymmetry of facial features. Rarer, but more serious, risks include difficulty with breathing, swallowing, and speaking. We are highly trained and very experienced with the use of Botox. We take all of the necessary precautions to ensure your safety and reduce your risk of experiencing any complications.

Am I a Candidate for Botox?

Before undergoing treatment with Botox, we first need to perform an initial consultation to make sure this procedure is right for you. We will review your medical history, as certain conditions may prevent you from getting Botox injections. If you have certain conditions like diabetes, your condition must be under control. Botox is not recommended for individuals with autoimmune diseases or for women who are pregnant or nursing.

How Long Does Botox Last?

While effective, Botox is not permanent. Generally, you can expect results to last up to three to four months. The effects gradually wear off, and the nerve impulses are restored to your facial muscles. This allows the muscles to contract once again. To maintain your results, periodic re treatments with Botox are needed.

If you are around Seattle and interested in learning more about Botox, and finding out if this treatment is right for you to treat TMJ, call Summit Dental Care at (206) 649-7112 today!

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