When people think of Botox, they usually think of someone getting cosmetic work done such as filling wrinkles. However, Botox has other benefits that many people are unaware of. Among these lesser-known benefits are the treatment of TMJ and headaches. TMJ can often result in headaches since it can cause teeth grinding or even lockjaw. TMJ and the headaches or pain it causes can be overbearing for some patients and persistent. Due to this, alternative treatments are sought for treating TMJ and Botox is one of those treatments.
What is TMJ?
The temporo-mandibular joint is the joint that connects the jaw to the face. It’s used constantly throughout the day, even in the most basic functions. This joint is used while talking, swallowing, eating, etc. This joint can become displaced or overworked due to various factors causing a person discomfort, pain, tightness, and even lockjaw. When this occurs, there are few treatments to fix it. However, Botox has been a treatment of choice for TMJ since it provides a non-surgical yet, effective choice in relieving the pain associated with TMJ.
How Does it Work?
Botox is injected into the muscles of the face where the discomfort is greatest. The Botox interacts with the muscles causing them to be unable to engage. Since the jaw is such a powerful muscle, helping the muscles to not engage as much, especially in an involuntary manner, helps to keep the tension, pain, and teeth grinding to a minimum.
As mentioned, Botox is a non-surgical treatment which means it’s a quick and effective way to relieve TMJ pain and headaches. Botox treatments are given in a doctor’s office and are a same-day treatment that usually take very little time. There are no overnight stays, no follow up appointments (unless needed for certain circumstances), and they’re less expensive than most other treatments. It’s common for patients to not notice improvement for at least a week however, sometimes improvement is noticed within a couple of days of the injection.
It’s important to note that each patient is different. It’s important to consult your dental professional as well as your doctor for the appropriate course of action concerning your personal circumstances. Botox treatments are not for everyone and results can vary depending on the issue and the underlying cause. Non-surgical treatments will always be a doctor or dental professional’s first choice. If your doctor or dental professional doesn’t suggest Botox as a treatment, just mention it to them to see why they didn’t mention it and if it’s an option for you. Never be afraid to inquire about all of your options especially if it means being able to skip out on surgical procedures since there are far more benefits to non-surgical procedures.