BOTOX® Treatment for TMD in San Ramon, CA
Bigman Orthodontics offers therapeutic Botox® treatments for TMJ sufferers in San Ramon, CA. Call 925-735-1515 today to schedule your appointment.
About TMJ / TMD
TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint. This small, sliding hinge-like joint is located on each side of the jaw and it gets a great deal of use—whenever we speak, bite, chew, yawn, or even just open our mouths slightly, the TMJ is hard at work. We rarely even think about the TMJ until it starts causing pain.
Chronic TMJ pain is called temporomandibular disorder or TMD. There are three types of TMD:
Myofascial pain, which refers to pain in the muscles that operate the TMJ
Internal derangement of the joint, a term we use to describe a displaced disc or dislocated jaw
Arthritis, a degenerative inflammatory disorder.
In order to treat TMD, we first need to diagnose the underlying cause of your TMJ pain. A mild case of TMD can be treated with home care, including ice packs and soft food diets when you’re experiencing a flare up of symptoms. For more severe TMD, anti-inflammatory medication, stabilization splints, or Botox injections can offer relief.
Botox is particularly helpful when TMJ pain is caused by overactive jaw muscles. By paralyzing the muscles, the inflammation surrounding the joint subsides and tension in the jaw is relieved. Botox for TMJ can even improve your facial appearance by relaxing overworked muscles for a softer, less square jaw.
Frequently Asked Questions About TMJ Disorder
How long does Botox last for TMJ?
Botox injections for TMJ pain can last for three to five months. Some cases even longer
Can TMJ disorder change your face shape?
Yes, TMJ disorder can alter the shape of your face over time. Facial symmetry can be lost, your teeth may change the way they meet together in your mouth, and over-activity in the masseter muscle can cause the jaw to take on a swollen, square appearance.
What is the best treatment for TMJ?
There’s no one-size-fits-all treatment that works for all patients with TMJ disorder—the best treatment option for TMJ pain is the one that addresses the underlying cause of your condition, whether it’s derangement of the joint, overactive muscles, or arthritis.
How effective is Botox for TMJ?
Botox is one of the most effective treatments for TMJ disorders associated with myofascial pain. It also relieves the frequent headaches associated with TMJ and, over time, it can reverse the physical changes caused by chronic TMJ.
How long does it take for jaw Botox to work?
Botox for jaw pain usually takes effect seven to 10 days after the injections.
Do dental guards help TMJ?
Mouth guards can help many patients who have TMJ pain, but not all. If your TMJ is caused by teeth grinding or jaw clenching, a night guard can reposition your jaw and physically prevent you from doing this. When you’re not grinding or clenching, your jaw muscles will begin to relax, providing relief from TMJ pain.
Call 925-735-1515 to schedule your appointment.