If you’ve been diagnosed with TMJ, there’s a good chance you’ve tried all the traditional therapies and you are still searching for a conservative, non-surgical solution. A relatively new TMJ treatment is the use of Botox® injections. Botox is most commonly known as a wrinkle remover, but is now used to treat a number of muscle related problems. Botox acts to block the contraction of muscles, making it an excellent solution for stopping muscles from contracting too much.
TMJ treatment with Botox has had promising results, even though it remains classified as experimental by the FDA. Treatment is completed in a few minutes, and involves small injections of Botox into the muscles of the jaw. Within a few days to a week, patients feel the difference as the Botox relaxes the jaw muscles. For many patients, this provides relief from the jaw and headache pain caused by their TMJ. Botox treatments last about 3 months and have a long history of safety.