Hey guys! We’re here with Sara today. She has been having a lot of TMJ pain and a lot of clenching and grinding. Today we’re going to see if we can correct those problems! Sara says, “I’ve had really bad jaw pain my whole life, but recently it’s been a lot worse. I feel like when I wake up in the morning I have a headache and I’m a little bit dizzy and my jaw just feels like it’s knotted and I can’t get any relief.” Today we’re doing some Botox on Sara to hopefully get to the bottom of her TMJ pain.
How does Botox for TMJ pain work?
Typically when we do TMJ Botox we’ll do some under the masseter region (or around the cheekbone), as well as the temporalis (or the temple), which for Sara are the biggest triggers of her pain. So you’re probably wondering how Botox actually works. Botox inactivates the nerve endings that cause muscles to contract, eliminating involuntary contractions in the jaw. Typical Botox treatment for TMJ/TMD includes around 50-60 units. The effects of Botox last about 3 months, as the constant workout of facial muscles in daily activity and sleep slowly remove the Botox. As you can see here, around 73% of people report drastic improvement in just a few days.
What are the benefits of using Botox for TMJ pain?
Better life through better dentistry!