Botox, a neurotoxin protein, may help treat symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ/TMD). You may benefit most from this treatment if other methods haven’t worked. Botox may help treat the following TMJ disorder symptoms:
- jaw tension
- headaches due to teeth grinding
- lockjaw in cases of severe stress
Botox treatment for TMJ disorder is a nonsurgical, outpatient procedure. Each treatment session typically takes 15-30 minutes.
Dr. Campbell will inject Botox into your jaw muscles. The injection may cause you to feel pain, similar to a bug bite or prick. We recommend easing the pain with a cold pack.
Although some improvement can be felt within a day or two of treatment, it usually takes several days to feel relief. People who’ve had Botox treatment for TMJ can expect to return to their regular activities as soon as they leave our office.
You should remain upright and avoid rubbing or massaging the injection sites for several hours after treatment. This helps prevent the toxin from spreading to other muscles.