Botox is a commonly used mechanism for those suffering with TMJ and has produced astounding results in helping to alleviate the painful effects of this disorder.
What is TMJ?
TMJ is the dysfunction of the the temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull. The temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) is used on an everyday basis for eating and talking, and can become worn down due to excessive teeth grinding. Unfortunately, teeth grinding can lead to severe tension headaches and sharp pain in the jaw. Millions of people suffer a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) all over the world. Unfortunately, many cases are left untreated or only partially treated. Myofacial TMD is a specific type that is associated with the pain from hyperfunctioning muscles from everyday activities, like chewing. Myofacial TMD can even lead to chronic myositis. Therefore, if you have TMD, it is imperative to seek help right away so that you no longer have to live with persistent, even chronic pain.
How does Botox work to help TMJ?
By injecting Botox into the affected areas of the face, you will be alleviated of the tension and headaches that go along with TMJ. Using Botox at the specific pain points can help relieve jaw tension, which is done by manipulating muscles to no longer engage in the movement of the jaw that produces pain. The injections are mainly in the temporalis, frontalis and the masseter. However, depending on the severity of headaches, additional sites may be injected. Dr. George injects only the areas that truly need it in order to get the patient the most relief possible.
How long before results occur?
Patients usually see results in just a couple of days, but it can take up to several weeks to feel maximum pain relief.
How long does the procedure take?
Because this is a non-surgical procedure that typically only lasts thirty minutes or less, you will likely be able to return to your normal daily activities quickly.
TMJ is a painful and irritating disorder that millions of people have to deal with on a daily basis. Luckily, Botox is available to help aid in minimizing the effects of TMJ. Dr. George is highly experienced and has thousands of happy clients.
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