Botox For TMJ

The preferred method for treating TMJ (temporormandibular joint) disorders has been a mouth-guard to prevent damage to the teeth from clenching and grinding. Now, a new treatment is in trials: injecting Botox directly into the TMJ.

A small amount of Botox injected directly into the TMJ by a neuromuscular dentist is proving to be beneficial in lessening the grip of a disorder that has many associated symptoms. Not only is damage to the teeth and gums possible over time, but TMJ disorders often result in headaches, ear popping, neck pain and more.

Presently, this is only in trials and offers a three- to six-month benefit; and while promising, it does present the potential of risk of changing your facial appearance by relaxing the muscles of the lower face.

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Taylor Parker
I have been wearing a mouth guard for two years now. Right before I started college I started getting horrible head aches and my jaw would lock up all the time. I couldn't figure out what in the world was going on! I tried to take advil, and extra strength tylenol for the pain, but that rarely helped me. The pain was just so intense that I would have to lay down in my room with the lights off and try to sleep it off. That took up so much time out of my day, and then I would have more stress added to my plate, because even though I had things that needed to be done but couldn't. Finally, I just went to see the family doctor. We talked about stress and such. He sent me to see a neuromuscular dentist , and he gave me a mouth guard to wear while I sleep. It turned out that I was just over stressed, mostly about moving away and starting college out of state, and I was taking it out on my teeth while I was sleeping! The mouth guard helped me so much with the jaw pain, and everything worked itself out!
Posted August 22, 2012 10:54 AM EDT
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