BOTOX® is a Popular Treatment That is Used to Immobilize Facial Muscles
Botox can be used to treat TMD. TMD or temporomandibular disorder (also know as TMJ dysfunction), is the conditions involving pain or dysfunction in the jaw joint and/or surrounding tissues.
Botox temporarily paralyzes the overused masseter muscle, relaxing muscles, that cause some of the common symptoms of TMD (grinding of the teeth and clenching). When these muscles are unable to move, they no longer are able to clench or grind resulting in:
Elimination of headaches caused by nighttime grinding.
Minimization of lockjaw.
Reduced discomfort when using the jaw.
Reduced shoulder and neck pain.
Substantially reduced jaw tension.
- Facial slimming due to muscle atrophy.
- Wrinkle reduction.
Therapeutic BOTOX® reduces the number of times you are clenching and the intensity of your clenching. This will reduce the damage to your teeth, gums and jaw joint, and reduce the discomfort and pain in your facial muscles. When injected, these muscles are unable to get their workout and finally begin to rest. Allowing time to heal and repair. During the resting phase, symptoms of TMJ are relieved.
Only the injected areas are affected, the full effect can be seen within 2-14 days. Although muscles will be fully immobilized after 2 weeks, it may take up to 3 months for patients to experience full relief from their TMJ symptoms. BOTOX® results are temporary and generally last up to four months.
Patients should wait at least three months before doing another treatment session. There is also great possibility that with multiple treatments, the injected muscles will atrophy allowing you to go longer and longer between treatments.
Who is an Ideal Candidate?
Is Therapeutic BOTOX® Right for you?
An ideal candidate meets the following conditions:
Are between the ages of 18-65.
Has a problem with TMD, headaches or other dental/facial muscle disorder.
Is looking for a non-surgical solution.
Does not have a needle phobia.
Is looking for a short to long term solution.
- Does not object to the disappearance of wrinkles or facial slimming.
- In good health.
- Not pregnant or nursing
- Understands the procedure
Botox® does not affect normal functions such as speaking, swallowing and biting. The only major change is the reduction in pain and discomfort and dynamic wrinkles caused by the muscles injected. Controlling TMD can also prevent serious dental problems from occurring later. TMD, if left untreated, can contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and the loosening of teeth.
As a Non-Surgical Procedure – Risks and Possible Complications
As with any medical procedure there are possible risks and side effects. The most common reported side-effects are nausea, headaches, temporary eye-lid droop, flu symptoms and respiratory infection. Less commonly reported effects are redness at spot of injection, muscle weakness and pain. These symptoms are connected with the injection and occur within the first week. There could also be bruising at the injection site. Since we use our lips more than the forehead for common activities such as chewing and talking, it may make injections around the mouth less useful and may have more possibility of having side effects. These activities may become more difficult and too much BOTOX® around the mouth may result in drooling. Patients should avoid lying flat for a minimum of four hours after injection to prevent the drug from migrating to other areas.
Stopping BOTOX® injections will return the muscles affected back to their pre-treatment state. You should not receive BOTOX® treatments from multiple doctor’s offices simultaneously because it can weaken the affects of BOTOX®. With repeated injections, there is a possibility that your body may build a resistance to BOTOX® making it become less effective over time. This resistance can be minimized by using the lowest dose possible and spreading out the time between sessions. Botox® is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women.
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