BOTOX for TMJ
TMJ disorder often causes jaw pain and stiffness. Our office, Iroquois Dentistry, uses BOTOX to alleviate pain and stiffness associated with temporomandibular joint disorder. Dr. Keenan has personally experienced the benefits of BOTOX for TMJ dysfunction.View transcript
Botox is botulinum toxin A, and we use it to treat temporomandibular joint dysfunction. It's one of our modalities. We also recommend moist heat, massage, and Botox. Botox is injected into the masseter muscles, one on this side, and one on this side, and it just decreases the force of the bite. So if you have really tight muscles, if you wake up with sore muscles, or your muscles are so tight you can't open, it just relaxes it a bit. You still have function. I've used it. We have several people here that have the temporomandibular joint dysfunction and it really is fast at alleviating that pain and getting you back on the road to recovery. After Botox treatment, patients are amazed. And that can take a couple of days before you feel the effect, but it's just a gentle relaxing. Where the muscles were tight before, it just kind of relaxes them, and people love that. It gets them out of pain. Sometimes we repeat it every three to four months, sometimes every six months. I have done it myself in maybe at six-month intervals, but it's been a couple of years now and I don't need it anymore.