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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Parsons

Botox for TMJ

Many people grind their teeth at night and wake up with jaw pain and daily migraine headaches. Prescription mouth guards and pain medications don't always help. Also with prolonged grinding and clenching, the jaw muscles, or the masseter muscles, get thicker and thicker over the years, which can lead to a wider jaw and square facial appearance.

TMJ can cause chronic jaw pain and headaches

Treatment with injection of onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox) into the masseter muscles causes the jaw muscles to relax to prevent nighttime clenching and grinding. This relaxation in the muscle also leads to thinning of the muscle, which would result in thinning a square face and alleviating headaches.

Treatment with Botox into the masseter muscles can slim a square facial appearance

The amount of Botox needed to treat the masseter muscles is typically small, 25 units total for both sides, though units may vary depending on the size of the muscles. Patients can expect headaches and clenching to go away within a week and will see the full effects of jaw thinning about one month after treatment, when the muscle has had time to atrophy. There’s no swelling or downtime and patients can go back to their normal activities that day.

Botox injection to the masseter muscle is very effective at relieving the symptoms of TMJ pain and headaches caused by TMJ. It is a medical procedure and must be done by a physician with experience injecting this area, to avoid any complications such as causing an uneven smile, which can happen by a less experienced injector or non-physician who does not have training injecting this area. Dr. Parsons has been injecting Botox for masseters for the treatment of TMJ and other muscular trigger points for 15 years and local Rehoboth dentists refer to Dr. Parsons for masseter muscles Botox injections for the treatment of their TMJ patients.

If you have TMJ, clench or grind your teeth, you may benefit from a Botox masseter treatment. You may book a complimentary consultation with Dr. Parsons or book here online

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