Botox, Dermal Fillers
Botox Treatment for Jaw Tension and TMJ
Dr. Jorge Rico uses BOTOX® as an alternative treatment for TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) disorders and associated jaw tension and pain. When injected into facial muscles afflicted with soreness and discomfort, BOTOX® relieves TMJ and jaw tension for many patients. The injections often eliminate headaches resulting from teeth grinding, and, in cases of severe stress, BOTOX® can even minimize lock jaw. Although BOTOX® treatment for these conditions is presently experimental; evidence indicates that it can be extremely effective.
How Exactly Does Botox Treat Jaw Tension and TMJ Disorder?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located on both sides of the head at the point where the jaw bone meets the skull. It is used during talking, eating, swallowing, and other every day activities. If this joint becomes displaced or is overworked due to excessive teeth grinding, a person may suffer severe tension headaches, as well as sharp pain in the jaw. Treating the TMJ with BOTOX® relaxes the muscles, making them unable to engage in the the powerful, often unconscious movement of the jaw that produces headaches and pains.