I’ve suffered from intense migraines since I could remember. After years of taking a slew of migraine medications, I was told by my dentist that I suffered from TMJ. Which is caused by teeth clenching and grinding while asleep (and in my case, even while awake). TMJ is an abbreviation for temporomandibular joint. Believe it or not, these muscles located there are the strongest in the entire human body per unit weight and could really do some damage. I grind so much that I grind through my night-guard. I am not surprised as I am truly a TYPE A personality. My Dentist advised me that I needed botox immediately or I’ll have no bottom teeth left by the time I turn 35. Albeit, I’ve always been anti cosmetic botox. It seemed I had no choice and I am incredibly glad I took her advice.
1. What causes the pain in TMJ?
This is caused when the masseter muscles are inflamed from grinding, stress or anxiety. The injured or inflamed temporomandibular joint leads to pain with chewing, clicking, crackling, and popping of the jaw. This can also lead to swelling on the sides of the face and migraine. Which was the case with me.
2. How Does BOTOX® Treat Jaw Tension and TMJ Disorder?
It temporarily prevents nerve cell signals from reaching our muscles and reduces abnormal muscle contractions. Which means it can be quite useful for relaxing the muscles around our jaw as well. Which inadvertently stops the contraction from being so tight and relaxes the muscle.
3. How long is the Botox Treatment Procedure?
This procedure is quick and requires minimal downtime with no anesthesia needed.
4. How long does botox last?
The initial results showed in about 2 weeks. However, you notice peak results around 4-6 weeks. Overall, your treatment should last about 4-5 months.
5. How long does it take before you start to feel the results?
2 weeks! You should be scheduled for a follow-up and you can be evaluated if any touch-ups are necessary.
6. Are there any Risks, Limitations & Possible Complications of Botox® Injections for TMJ Treatment?
There isn’t any major risk when it comes to botox. You might experience a bit of redness and bruising at the injection site.
Who would have thought that the life-changing solution to my chronic TMJ pain would be Botox? This is the first time in years I’ve slept well at night and NOT wake up with a migraine. PS: A side effect of getting Botox for TMJ is jaw narrowing and face slimming. Which allows your cheekbones to look more prominent and defined. How fabulous! Thank you so much for reading and talk to you soon.