Botox for TMJ Pain
Botox® for TMJ Pain
Botox® has long been used in the cosmetic industry to soften wrinkles and provide a more youthful appearance, but did you know that there are non-cosmetic application as well?
In addition to improving the way you look, Botox® can also relieve pain. As experts of the face and mouth, dentists understand that pain and headaches come from many sources. We use Botox® to provide lasting relaxation to the muscles that cause chronic headaches and TMJ pain. There is no numbness or other discomfort caused in the areas where Botox® application occurs. For most patients, results usually last three to four months before another application is required.
To the right is a photo of me receiving a Botox® injection in my trapezius muscle to relieve pain that had been ongoing for several weeks due to my own TMJ issues and poor posture when working on patients. The pain subsided approximately 2 days post injection and I’ve never felt better.
The same technique can be done for TMJ / TMD related pain as well, with injections being administered around the jaw area to relieve pain. The procedure calls for a small amount of Botox® administered into the masseter muscle, which temporarily block signals from the nerves to the muscles to help prevent clenching and contraction – which can case severe jaw pain.
Note that this Botox® treatment for TMJ / TMD pain is NOT a permanent fix, and I always recommend that we further investigate the root case of pain and try to come up with a more non-invasive / permanent solution.
The cost for Botox® for TMJ pain is $15 per unit. A typical session can cost between $350 – $600 depending on how many units are used and the coverage area that will be addressed.
*patients may opt for Botox® alternatives such as Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA). Prices will vary.
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