Closeup of a dentist pointing to the temporomandibular joint, the TMJ, that connects the mandible and the skull

How Does BOTOX Help TMJ Dysfunction?

January 1, 2022 12:39 am
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BOTOX® is commonly used to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. At Megan Jones, DDS, we also use this treatment therapeutically to help alleviate the symptoms of TMJ dysfunction, a debilitating jaw issue.

What Is the TMJ?

“TMJ” stands for the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects your lower jawbone (called the mandible) to your skull at the temporal bone. This joint is essential in helping you eat, talk, and smile properly.

“TMD” refers to temporomandibular disorder, when the joint becomes inflamed and dysfunctional. This condition makes it harder to use your smile to its fullest. When you have TMD, you might experience severe jaw pain that radiates throughout your face, headaches, achy ears, lockjaw, a clicking or popping sound when you move your jaw, and dizziness.

TMJ dysfunction can be multifactorial and be caused by arthritis, genetics, previous injury, and/or teeth grinding. No matter the cause of your TMD, there is a solution that might finally bring you relief: BOTOX.

What Is BOTOX?

BOTOX is an injection that blocks the nerves that tell your muscles to contract. This communication block allows your muscles to relax, reducing your pain. When we use BOTOX for your TMJ pain, the newfound relaxation in your jaw muscles and face can allow for more movement, helping you chew, talk, and smile with ease.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of TMD and they’re negatively impacting your quality of life, consider BOTOX. Although its side effects can include mild bruising and swelling at the injection site, itchiness, and stiffness, these temporary symptoms should subside a couple days after treatment.

Affordable BOTOX for TMD in Shoreline, WA

Looking for relief from your TMJ dysfunction? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Jones and we’ll work with you to determine if BOTOX is the right fit for your needs and your budget. We look forward to seeing you and helping you find the relief you deserve!

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