While Botox may be most famous for its powerful anti-wrinkle ability, it’s actually got several other uses that may surprise you. Botox is often recommended as a treatment for TMJ disorders today. If an experienced practitioner injects Botox into specific facial muscles in your jaw area, it can greatly relieve your TMJ symptoms. Read on to learn everything you need to know about Botox and TMJ disorders.
How Botox Helps With TMJ Disorders
The TMJ (the temporo-mandibular joint) is the joint that appears where your jaw and skull come together. This joint is critical in all jaw movement, including speaking, eating, swallowing, and everything else you do every day. If your temporo-mandibular joint gets forced out of its normal place through teeth grinding or shifts slowly out of its ideal position for any other reason, you’re very likely to experience some severe problems including jaw tension, jaw pain, and major headaches. It might make it near-impossible to eat, speak, and go about your day normally.
Botox can relieve all of these symptoms. The treatment takes just a few minutes in the Bonham Dental Arts office because it’s a quick series of injections. Usually, Botox goes to work on your jaw muscles quite quickly. It forces the muscles around your temporo-mandibular joint to relax, which allows your joint to move back into its proper position and thus spares you the misery of TMJ disorder symptoms. In most patients, it only takes 1-2 days for Botox to start working, and you’ll have full effect after around a week.
Are You a Good Candidate For Botox For TMJ Disorders?
Your Bonham Dental Arts dentist will be happy to evaluate you to determine whether you’re a good candidate for this type of treatment. This includes a review of your medical history, a review of all the medications that you’re taking now, and a discussion of any allergies that you have. If you’ve got a TMJ disorder and the symptoms are making you miserable, there’s a very good chance that you’ll qualify for Botox treatment.
Botox and Insurance Coverage
Many patients wonder whether their insurance company will cover Botox for TMJ disorders. It’s best to check with your own insurance company to make sure. Although many insurance companies don’t cover Botox for TMJ at this time, it’s likely that this will change in the future. After all, untreated TMJ can do a lot of damage to your teeth and your gums, especially if you grind your jaws excessively. Although your insurance company may cover other types of TMJ treatment but won’t cover Botox, you may still find that Botox is a better bet for your situation. After all, Botox is often cheaper, easier, and quicker than other TMJ treatments. Many patients find that Botox is well worth the investment. It’s an investment in both your present and your future.
How Often Do You Need Botox For TMJ Treatments?
The longevity of Botox for TMJ disorders can vary according to your individual metabolism. Everyone processes Botox differently, so for some patients, it may last around three months while others may get five to six months of improvement. In general, you can expect to get at least three months of relief from TMJ symptoms after you have a Botox treatment. To prevent your symptoms from returning, visit Bonham Dental Arts for a follow-up around three months after your initial treatment.
With regular follow-up treatments, you can get long lasting relief from your TMJ symptoms. Many patients also say that once they’ve been having the TMJ Botox treatments for a while, the treatments start to last longer. For example, your first treatment might only last three months, but by this time next year, you may notice that your treatments are lasting twice as long as the Botox level builds up in the areas where it’s needed.
Are you dealing with TMJ symptoms and need help now? Contact Bonham Dental Arts to learn more about how Botox treatments can help you find relief.