Botox® Treatment for TMJD (Temporo-Mandibular Joint Disorder)
BOTOX© injections are an extremely effective and easy remedy for those of us who suffer from TMJD as well as excessive teeth grinding, headaches and lock jaw. Dr. Lori Ann Safar is proud to offer this alternative therapy at Celebrity Smile Spa because of its increasing success with patients worldwide.
The Temporo-Mandibular Joint is located on both sides of the head at the point where the jawbone meets the skull. This joint is used during talking, chewing, swallowing, and many other everyday activities. If this joint becomes displaced or is overworked through excessive teeth grinding, severe tension headaches and sharp pain may result. When BOTOX© is injected into the facial muscles afflicted with soreness and discomfort it relieves TMJD and jaw tension for many patients. The injections often eliminate headaches resulting from teeth grinding, and in cases of severe stress, BOTOX© can even minimize lock jaw.
Many TMJD sufferers are unaware of the attrition occurring in their temporo-mandibular joint. This is due to constant, unconscious, movement of the jaw. BOTOX© is a successful treatment for this problem because the injections allow the muscles surrounding the joint to relax and inhibits the problematic grinding. In addition, this treatment can help safeguard dental health, since excessive grinding can result in worn teeth, cracked teeth, bone loss and damaged gums that may require costly treatment.
BOTOX© is a simple, non-surgical procedure. The injections are administered here, at Celebrity Smile Spa, by Dr. Safar, herself. No hospitalization required. Side effects are minimal and may include; mild and temporary pain, bruising, numbness or redness at the injection site, headaches, temporary nausea or excessive muscle weakness.
While BOTOX© treatment for TMJD appears to be quite safe, certain medications, intoxicants, and other substances can minimize or negatively impact the effectiveness of BOTOX© injections. For this reason, patients should honestly disclose any medication or substance use to Dr. Safar prior to treatment. Although complications are rare, all possible risks should be discussed.
Currently, the use of BOTOX© therapy for TMJD is not covered by medical insurance plans. However, because TMJD are largely a dental issue, it is conceivable that insurance companies will ultimately cover BOTOX© injections as a means of preventing damage to the teeth and gums caused by excessive grinding.
If you or someone you know suffers from TMJD or experiences any of the painful symptoms associated with this problem, Dr. Safar strongly encourages you to come in for a free consultation to discuss the possibility of BOTOX© therapy. Kiss your pain goodbye with this simple and effective treatment!
The dose of BOTOX® and BOTOX® Cosmetic is not the same as, or comparable to, another botulinum toxin product.
Serious and/or immediate allergic reactions have been reported. These reactions include itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you experience any such symptoms; further injection of BOTOX® or BOTOX® Cosmetic should be discontinued.