Are you one of the millions of Americans who suffer from TMJ? If you are, you know that the constant pain and discomfort can make it hard to concentrate at work, enjoy time with your family, and get a good night’s sleep. You may have tried various treatments, but nothing has provided lasting relief. Well, there’s good news! Premier Dentistry at Millennium Park now offers Botox for TMJ in the Chicago Loop.
What is TMJ?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. It is a condition that causes pain and dysfunction in the joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. TMJ can be caused by a number of things, including teeth grinding (bruxism), misalignment of the teeth or jaws, arthritis, clenching or grinding your teeth, stress, and injury.
If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms, we recommend that you come in for a consultation with our team. We will be able to assess your individual situation and develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.
How is Botox used to treat TMJ?
Botox is a treatment that has been used for cosmetic purposes for many years. Recently, however, doctors have begun using Botox to treat a variety of medical conditions, including migraines and overactive bladder. Now, Botox is being used to treat TMJ. When injected into the muscles around the jaw, Botox relaxes them and relieves the pressure on the joints, which reduces pain and discomfort. Botox is a safe and effective treatment for TMJ that can provide long-lasting relief.
Are there any risks to Botox for TMJ?
The most common side effects include temporary muscle weakness or difficulty chewing, but more serious complications can happen if the injections are not administered properly. Botox can spread beyond the targeted muscles to restrict necessary movement in the face and throat leading to difficulty breathing or swallowing.
As with any medical procedure, it’s important to carefully weigh the potential risks and benefits with your healthcare provider before moving forward with Botox for TMJ treatment. It’s also essential to find a skilled and experienced practitioner who can ensure the proper administration of the injections. In many cases, Botox can provide significant relief for TMJ symptoms without major complications, but it’s important to proceed with caution.
How Long Does Botox Last For TMJ?
The length of time that Botox is effective for treating temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder varies from person to person. In general, the effects last for about three to six months before needing to be re-administered. Patients may notice a decrease in pain and improvement in jaw function within a few days after injection, with maximum results usually reached around two weeks post-treatment.
It’s important to note that while Botox can be helpful in relieving TMJ symptoms, it is not a permanent solution and should be used in conjunction with other methods such as physical therapy or oral appliance therapy. Additionally, it’s always important to consult with a medical professional before beginning any treatment for TMJ disorder.
If you are suffering from TMJ pain, there is now a new treatment option available – Botox! Botox is a safe and effective treatment that can provide long-lasting relief from the pain and discomfort of TMJ. If you would like to learn more about this new treatment option or schedule an appointment for Botox for TMJ in the Chicago Loop, please contact Premier Dentistry at Millennium Park today! We look forward to helping you find relief from your TMJ symptoms!