You might be familiar with Botox as an aesthetic treatment for fine lines and wrinkles. In dentistry, Botox includes a non-cosmetic application that can ease the discomfort in your neck, jaw, and head that is related to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
The main ingredient in Botox is a neurotoxin that interferes with certain targeted muscle movements. The drug stops the muscles from flexing and can relieve muscle tension and pain.
During the procedure, Dr. Guinn injects small amounts of Botox into various points on your forehead, jaw, and temples. It takes several days for Botox to take effect, but you can return to your regular daily activities right away.
Dr. Guinn can discuss adding regular Botox injections to your TMJ treatment plan. She might also recommend other treatments for TMJ, including physical therapy, muscle relaxants, and oral splints or mouthguards.
Certain symptoms, like headaches and earaches, might not seem related to your TMJ pain. Still, treatments for TMJ pain at The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design can help you find relief from them, too.