Botox is a neuro modulator that is best known to smooth wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes, face, and neck. It is not only beneficial for cosmetic purposes but can also be used for health reasons. Botox may be used to help reduce and treat symptoms of TMJ disorders. In this topic we are going to explain why we use botox for TMJ disorder.
TMJ is an acronym that stands for temporomandibular joint. This joints are located on both sides of the face, just in front of the ears. The TMJs connect the lower jawbone to the skull and assist in movements like chewing and speaking.
Some side effects that may occur due to this disorder is continuous headaches, teeth grinding, tension in the jaw, difficulty opening and closing the jaw as well as facial pain. The purpose for using botox is to help relax the jaw and decrease any tension in the area. When there is tension involved, this causes side effects such as teeth grinding, headaches, as well as jaw clenching. This treatment can also be done for someone who has a wide jaw and may want to create a slimmer and pronounced jaw.
The cost for this treatment is the same as any other botox treatment that is done for the face. The treatment depends on the number of units used. If someone has a stronger TMJ muscle, they may require more units then someone who has a weaker TMJ muscle. The cost depends on the clinic as each clinic is different and charges each unit differently. It also depends on the type of brand used as some brands are more expensive than others.
Botox for the TMJ muscle can be used to help decrease pain and tension as well as increase mouth movement. This is useful for someone who may have difficulty in opening their mouths fully. It can also be used for someone who may want to create a contoured jawline.
The pain during the procedure depends on the person, as everyone has a different pain tolerance. For someone who is more sensitive, may find it mildly painful vs someone who has a high pain tolerance and doesn’t find it to be uncomfortable. Numbing cream may be applied to the area if the client requests. The botox itself contains lidocaine, which is used to help numb the area.
The side effects that may occur after getting botox for TMJ muscle is tenderness in the area, bruising, mild swelling, as well as slight discomfort. These side effects will decrease after a few days. Ice can be used to help decrease the swelling and improve discomfort. It is important to follow the aftercare instructions after the procedure in order to get the best results.