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Botox for TMJ

Alleviate jaw pain, headaches, face swelling, and other TMJ symptoms.

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Botox for TMJ

Alleviate jaw pain, headaches, face swelling, and other TMJ symptoms.

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TMJ Botox in Long Island

Treat TMJ Symptoms and Reduce Jaw Pain

TMJs, or the temporomandibular joints, are important parts of the mouth that typically go unnoticed—until you have complications like the TMJ disorder. These simple ball-and-socket joints are found on each side of the face where the mandible meets the skull. These joints are responsible for allowing your mouth to open and close, bite, chew, and move your mouth from side to side. When the TMJ joints become irritated or inflamed, many people experience extreme, almost debilitating pain, making simple mouth movements like speaking difficult.

North Shore Medical Wellness cares about the well-being of every client. If you’re suffering from TMJ disorder or any type of jaw or mandible pain, contact our Botox experts now. We offer TMJ Botox on Long Island, where we serve the incredible people of Huntington, New York, Suffolk County, Nassau, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. Call us at (631) 438-8184 to schedule your consultation and learn more about treating TMJ with Botox injectables.

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What is TMJ?

TMJ refers to the joints, while TMJ disorder or TMD is the actual term for the ailment; many people use the terms interchangeably. This is because TMJ is considered a broad term that reflects various issues surrounding the health and functions of the TMJ joints and jaw. Causes for TMJ can include bruxism (teeth clenching), poor tooth or jaw alignment, or facial trauma. These issues lead to irritation and inflammation within the jaw joints, resulting in pain and difficulty performing basic mouth movements.

Common symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Pain in the temporomandibular joints

  • Facial pain and swelling

  • Pain and difficulty with basic activities like eating and speaking

  • Lockjaw

  • Chronic headaches or earaches

The Most Common Cause of TMJ

Bruxism is a common cause of TMJ disorders. It is a condition in which you grind and clench your teeth constantly without even realizing you are doing so. This condition often forces your jaw muscles to contract, placing excessive pressure on the jaws and temporomandibular joints. This pressure leads to pain and tired jaw muscles.

How Does Botox Treat TMJ?

While Botox is typically used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, its uses extend beyond aesthetics. Botox is now FDA-approved to treat migraines and TMJ. This injectable form of botulinum toxin is a purified protein that temporarily blocks muscle contractions in the jaw, alleviating the symptoms of TMJ.

TMJ Botox is a quick, simple, and noninvasive procedure that typically takes only about 20 minutes. During your appointment, an expert injector inserts a needle into the skin to target the muscles responsible for grinding and clenching. Botox relaxes these muscles, helping to alleviate pain and other symptoms associated with bruxism. You may feel slight discomfort or a pinch when the needle is inserted.

After the treatment, you can resume your normal activities, though it’s recommended that you avoid strenuous activities for 24 hours. Most people usually report feeling the effects of Botox within a few days, with the results lasting up to three months.

Additional appointments may be recommended to maintain the results.

Benefits of TMJ Botox

Botox injections provide immense relief to those suffering from TMJ soreness and pain. Botox alleviates problematic grinding and improves the functionality of the jaw, allowing you to perform daily activities such as talking, chewing, and swallowing. This makes Botox the perfect alternative treatment for jaw tension. In addition, the treatment helps safeguard dental health since excessive grinding can result in worn teeth and damaged gums that may require costly treatment.

In addition, Botox offers several significant benefits, including:

  • The treatment is non-invasive, with only minor discomfort.

  • No downtime after your injections allows you to resume your normal activities immediately.

  • It alleviates pain and tension in your jaw without affecting the functions of your mouth.

  • Injections can relieve not only TMJ pain but also headaches and earaches.

  • Botox can help prevent other issues associated with bruxism, such as tooth damage, uneven tooth wear, gum recession, and tooth loss.

Botox for TMJ Risks and Benefits

Treating TMJ disorders with Botox is generally safe. However, certain medications, intoxicants, and other substances can reduce the effectiveness of the toxin or cause negative side effects. It is important to schedule a consultation with a Botox expert to discuss your medical history, including your current medications, to determine if this alternative treatment is best suited for you.

In some cases, patients may experience bruising and mild bleeding at injection sites or temporary paralysis of the treated muscles. Although complications are rare, all potential risks should be discussed with a doctor prior to treatment.

Common TMJ Botox Questions

Does Botox for TMJ disorder change face shape?

Injecting Botox into the jaw can change the shape of your face–in a positive way! Many people who struggle with TMJ or jaw clenching notice that their jaw muscles are much larger than most people’s, resulting in the appearance of a boxy, wide-set face.

Botox helps lessen the appearance of your jaw muscles and alleviate pain from clenching! As a result, your face appears slimmer and more youthful. This is a big bonus for many people on top of the therapeutic relief they achieve.

Does insurance cover Botox for TMJ?

While Botox is not covered by insurance for cosmetic concerns like wrinkles, it is typically covered for treating a chronic health concern. However, it varies per insurance agency. It is important to contact your insurance provider to confirm whether or not they cover Botox for TMJ treatment.

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Treat TMJ with Botox in Long Island

If you are someone struggling with the negative effects of TMJ disorder and want to try an alternative treatment, contact North Shore Medical Wellness. We are proud to offer the revolutionary treatment of Botox for TMJ for our clients living in Huntington, NY, and the surrounding areas on Long Island, including Queens, Manhattan, and Suffolk & Nassau Counties. Call our team of experts at (631) 438-8184 to learn more about TMJ Botox and how it can help alleviate your pain and improve your quality of life.

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