TMJ and Facial Pain Relief with Botox

If you’re one of the 15 percent of adult Americans who suffer from chronic pain in your jaw, face, ears, or even if you suffer from headaches, you  may have a condition known as Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) which is pain related to the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) that are located on both sides of your head.

TMD can present itself when you twist your jaw when opening or closing it, or performing side-to-side jaw movements.

You also may present symptoms such as tenderness in your jaw or the jaw muscles; pain near or in your ear; neck aches and headaches; pain in your jaw when chewing, biting or even yawning; difficulty in opening or closing your mouth, etc. You may notice that the pain/soreness is greater or presents more frequently in later in the afternoon or in the morning

TMD/TMJ tends to occur more often in women (two times as much) as it does in men, and tends to be more prevalent in women of childbearing age. The condition can be caused by arthritis, injury or dislocation to the jaw, or an improper bite (your upper and lower jaws aren’t aligned correctly).


TMD/TMJ tends to occur more often in women than in men.

Some experts believe TMD/TMJ also can be caused by stress, especially in people who clench their jaws when under duress.

Botox injections may be able to alleviate the pain. And your Plano dentist may be able to administer it (more on this, below).

The FDA recently approved Botox to alleviate migraine headaches and for TMD/facial pain relief

A Botox injection properly administered directly into the chewing muscles of the jaw can bring almost instantaneous relief to those who suffer from facial pain/TMJ, relief that can last between three and four months. The drug also can provide long-term relief (also for up to three or four months) for those who suffer from crippling migraine headaches.

When injected into your facial muscles, Botox causes partial paralysis of them, which changes the forces that cause normal stress in the TM joint.

There’s always a risk using any drug for just about any condition, In the case of Botox, risks include headache, flu syndrome, respiratory infection, nausea, etc.. More commonly, side effects can include redness at the injection spot as well as muscle weakness.

If your Plano dentist recommends Botox for your TMJ/facial pain, make sure he has received training in administering Botox injections for the relief of TMJ facial pain.

Please note that many insurance plans don’t cover Botox treatments for TMJ/facial pain (currently).

If you’d like to learn more about how Botox injections may be able to relieve your facial pain and migraine headaches, schedule a consultation with Plano dentist Dr. Darren Dickson. Contact our office by phone to make an appointment.

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