Roughly one in four people suffer from the painful symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), more commonly known as “TMJ disorder”, which may include:
- Throbbing headache
- Clenched and grinding teeth
- Clicking or locking jaw
- Facial pain
- Tight jaw muscles
- Ear pain
The great news is, botox is an extremely effective, non-surgical solution, for the relief of the headache and jaw pain caused by TMJ disorder.
WHAT IS TMJ AND HOW CAN BOTOX HELP?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the lower jaw to the skull in front of the ear, and allows the hinging and sliding actions necessary to chew and talk. It is often difficult to determine why a person is experiencing headache and jaw pain caused by TMJ disorder, but causes may include clenching and grinding teeth, misalignment of teeth and jaw, and arthritis. No matter what the cause, people seeking relief from the painful, and often excruciating, headaches and jaw pain from TMJ disorder, may have tried everything from night guards to yoga, and, behavioral therapy to narcotics.
Although the sufferer may feel as though the TMJ headache is originating inside of the head, unlike migraines and cluster headaches, the jaw pain and headaches originate outside of the skull, where they can be treated at the source. In the hands of a skilled oral maxillofacial surgeon, a well-placed botox injection can relax the muscles that cause the joint to be held tightly against the skull, and completely relieve TMJ headaches and jaw pain.
GET THE BEST
Dr. Mahjoubi provides botox treatment to relieve the painful symptoms of TMJ in her New York City practice. A botox injection is a quick 30-minute procedure. Unlike narcotics and muscle relaxants, which circulate in the bloodstream, botox acts locally on the face and jaw muscles, with many fewer side effects. Botox stays in the muscle tissue for 3-5 months, at which point patients come in for another injection. All of our TMJ patients say that botox treatments have helped them eliminate headache and jaw pain and return to their normal lives of eating, chewing, talking, and sleeping.
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