Botox is a type of neuromodulator, which is a purified protein that blocks receptors at nerve endings. They prevent the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, responsible for muscle contraction. Neuromodulators are used to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing the muscles of the face and preventing future wrinkles from forming. Consequently, the ability to block these nerve endings makes botox an acceptable solution for other muscular issues.
What is TMJ?
TMJ, short for temporomandibular joint disorders, is often associated with jaw tension, locked jaw, facial pain, and headaches. While some cases of TMJ may go away on their own, many patients find it difficult to get relief from their symptoms. If you are someone that has been unable to find a solution for their TMJ symptoms, botox may be right for you.
How Botox Works for TMJ
When injected into facial muscles, Botox has the ability to block receptors responsible for muscle contraction. The injections can relieve jaw tension and for many patients, eliminate headaches caused by teeth grinding. The forehead, temple, and jaw muscles are common areas for these injections. However, areas may be recommended depending on the patient’s specific symptoms. procedure is very simple and can be done in our office in as little as 10-30 minutes.
Some patients may begin to feel relief in as little as one day, but it can take several days for full relief to set in. Since this is a non-surgical procedure, there is no recovery time necessary. Patients can return to their normal activities as soon as they leave our office. However, it is important to remain upright and avoid rubbing the injection sites for several hours after treatment. This will help to prevent the toxins from spreading to other muscles.
Want to Find Out if Botox is Right for You?
If you’ve been battle with your TMJ symptoms with little to no relief, look no further. Our professionals would love to sit down and create a treatment plan unique to you. Call Glamor Medical today for a consultation!