Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a condition where the small joints that connect your jaw to your skull become inflamed, tender, and sensitive. It can cause serious pain and discomfort, prevent your jaw joints from functioning properly, and interfere with your lifestyle.
Because it can be caused by lots of different things, treating TMJ can be difficult. But Botox is growing in popularity as an option for patients who have TMJ. If you’re suffering from this painful jaw disorder and need relief in North Scottsdale, Botox from Dr. Nataliya Rozenfeld at Omni Dental Studio may be right for you. Read on to learn more about this treatment and how it works.
How Does Botox Help Treat TMJ?
Botox is a medicine that contains very low levels of a toxin called “botulinum.” In its natural form, this is a highly toxic substance, but Botox uses a special process to make it safe. When it’s injected into the face, this toxin selectively paralyzes some of the facial muscles.
This is how beauty treatments with Botox work. By paralyzing some of the facial muscles, Botox smoothes out wrinkles in some parts of the face, like the forehead, around the eyes, and the neck, to name just a few areas.
Botox for TMJ uses the same basic treatment method. But instead of injecting the medicine into your face, Botox will be injected into some of your jaw muscles, like the masseter muscle. This relaxes the muscles, which helps prevent clenching and grinding, which are major causes of TMJ.
What To Expect From The Botox Injection Process
Dr. Rozenfeld is certified by the American Academy of Facial Esthetics to provide Botox treatments. With her deep knowledge of facial anatomy, you can be sure that you’ll get the expert care you need. Botox treatment for TMJ is pretty simple to understand, too! Here’s what you can expect from the process.
- Diagnosis – First, Dr. Rozenfeld will meet with you to discuss your TMJ and examine your mouth and jaw. While Botox is great for treating TMJ, it’s not always the best solution, so it’s important to get a proper diagnosis and go over all of your treatment options.
- Botox injections – If you’re approved for Botox injections, you’ll come back to our office for another appointment. Dr. Rozenfeld will clean and prepare the injection areas, then inject a small amount of Botox in each area using a very thin needle. This only takes about 10-30 minutes.
- Start feeling relief – Some patients notice results within a day or two, but it usually takes 7-10 days to feel the full effects of Botox for TMJ. Over time, symptoms like jaw pain, clenching, and headaches will be reduced.
Come To Omni Dental Studio For Botox TMJ Treatment In North Scottsdale
Along with lifestyle changes and other TMJ treatments like night guards, Botox can be a highly effective solution for TMJ. At Omni Dental Studio, Dr. Rozenfeld is an experienced TMJ dentist. If your jaw hurts and you’re not sure why, our team is here to help. Give us a call at (480) 725-4345 or contact us online to meet with Dr. Rozenfeld, get a diagnosis, and take the first steps toward a pain-free mouth in North Scottsdale.