Botox Treatment for Jaw Pain

Botox Treatement of Jaw Pain

Know as Botox Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA), Botox has been a well-recognized and respected treatment for the prevention of wrinkles but is also becoming better known as an equally effective treatment for the conditions of temporo-mandibular joint pain (TMJ) and other related jaw pain as a muscle relaxer. When the Botox serum is injected into the muscles of a patient’s tense jaw, it brings relief for many patients. These treatments can also cure severe headaches and halt grinding teeth. Also, in those suffering from severe jaw tension, the use of Botox for jaw pain is new, yet early evidence has conclusively shown that it proves to be extremely helpful in easing this constant and chronic discomfort.

How Exactly Does Botox Ease Jaw Tension?

There are TMJ joints on the left and right side of the jaw at the juncture of the jawbone and the skull. This joint is used in everyday, regular activities such as eating and talking. If the joint is dislocated or overused from a great deal of amount of teeth grinding, one may find that they suffer from chronic tension headaches, and sharp jaw pains. Botox injections help to ease this pain by isolating and minimizing the movement of these muscles, halting the actions which precipitate these headaches and/or pain.
Botox injections offer a safe, quick and effective treatment for patients with jaw tension. This simple, in-office procedure requires no hospital stay, and generally patients experience a marked improvement within one to two days of their initial treatment. However, it may take up to seven days to see results in the moderation of jaw pain using Botox.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Botox Treatment with Jaw Pain

The treatment of Botox for jaw pain has proven to safe and helpful for most people with jaw pain or a TMJ issues. However, it is vital for clinicians who administer Botox to prescreen patients to assess eligibility for this form of alternative treatment. In a consultation appointment, your dentist will carefully review your medical history prior to proceeding with treatment. As a patient, it is your responsibility to disclose whether you are using medications or drugs or other substances which might negatively affect your treatment with Botox. You need to also share information about allergies you have to steer clear of a potentially dangerous reaction to the treatments. Patients with who are not well suited for Botox should proceed with a different care plan and treatment options.

Potential Benefits and Risks of Botox for Jaw Tension

In those afflicted with pain from TMJ, Botox injections can offer substantial help. In limiting the engagement these muscles in activities that prove problematic such as grinding, Botox offers patients the ability to still continue performing daily and necessary tasks such as talking and chewing. This freedom from pain makes Botox the clear, effective and convenient choice for patients suffering with jaw pain. Moreover, this option for treatment can preserve dental health and integrity, as constant teeth grinding can lead to damaged teeth and gums, resulting in very costly treatments in the long run.
While this type of treatment for jaw pain has been found to generally be a safe care option, certain medications, can reduce its effectiveness or hinder the success of the Botox treatments. This is why patients need to inform their provider of any substance or prescriptions used prior to their treatment so they can develop an effective treatment plan together. It is also possible to experience bruising or bleed at the site of injection. While it is rare that complications occur, this is another reason why all risks and medications need to be mentioned to your provider before initiating treatment.

Does Insurance Provide For Botox Treatments

At this time, Botox’s use for jaw pain and TMJ is not a treatment which insurance provides coverage for under most medical insurance. Yet, since jaw tension and TMJ are dental related concerns, it is possible that in the future, health insurers may provide coverage for Botox injections through dental insurance to prevent damage to gums and teeth because of chronic grinding teeth. Currently, medical insurance plans do not presently cover this,but it is being viewed as an increasingly popular option for both individuals suffering from pain and doctors and dentists who seek to find additional alternative treatment options to provide care for patients.

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