How Botox Can Relieve TMJ Pain
Most people are aware of how botox can be used as a beauty enhancement to reduce wrinkles and fine lines on the face. However, the nature of botox also makes it a very useful product for medical therapy, especially for muscle conditions. Botox temporarily prevents nerve cell signals from getting to the muscles. Since TMJ pain stems from muscles in the jaw it can be used as a relaxant.
At Red Bank Smiles, our dentist has extensive knowledge which makes him an expert at using botox to improve the look of your smile or as a form of TMJ treatment!
TMJ Causes Jaw Tightness
The temporomandibular joint or TMJ is the joint that acts as a hinge for your mouth, allowing you to chew and speak. When the muscles in your jaw tense it causes a lot of pain and issues including:
- Sore cheeks and jaw
- Clicking noise in your jaw when you open and close your mouth
- Headaches or migraines
- Clenching and grinding your teeth or bruxism
These are just some of the painful side effects of what happens when the TMJ is stressed or tensed.
Botox Injections Relax the Muscles
In addition to other TMJ pain relieving techniques/therapies such as night guards, botox injections can offer significant relief to patients living with chronic pain. After receiving botox injections to relax and unclench the muscles surrounding your TMJ, you can expect:
- A reduction in the frequency and intensity of headaches and migraines. For some, they may disappear completely!
- A lessening in the effects of bruxism
- Better sleep quality
- Less teeth sensitivity
Get in touch with Red Bank Smiles today for a free consultation and start relieving your pain!