TMJ Botox

Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ disorder, is a chronic pain condition caused by a misalignment of the jaw. The condition is a major quality of life issue for people who suffer from it. Fortunately, TMJ Botox Treatment in Atlanta is an effective method for managing the pain.

While Botox injections are best known as a cosmetic procedure, Botox injections for TMJ can make a big difference in a person’s quality of life. The same mechanism that smooths wrinkles can relax jaw tension and muscle spasms in TMJ patients.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

How TMJ Treatment With Botox Works

The exact cause of TMJ disorder is sometimes hard for a dentist or orthodontist to determine. Involuntary teeth grinding or bruxism can often lead to a misalignment of the jaw over time. In general, patients with this disorder suffer some or all of these symptoms:
Pain on one or both sides of the jaw
Dull, aching pain near the ear
Lockjaw
Stiff jaw muscles (masseter muscles)
Limited jaw mobility
Chronic headaches
Pain that extends to the neck and shoulders
Popping or clicking jaw sounds

During an appointment at Georgia Skin Specialists in Atlanta, one of our expert providers will administer Botox injections for TMJ on both sides of the jaw. It usually takes three to five injections on each side.

Botox is a neuromodulator that can disrupt nerve signals carried to muscles. The masseter muscles control the jaw and are used for talking, biting, chewing and facial movements like smiling. The Botox micro-doses disrupt and relax these muscles, preventing involuntary teeth clenching or jaw movement.

The vast majority of TMJ patients start to see relief from the tension in the jaw within a couple of days. Real pain relief begins about two weeks after their Botox treatment in Atlanta.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder​

The exact cause of TMJ disorder is sometimes hard for a dentist or orthodontist to determine. Involuntary teeth grinding or bruxism can often lead to a misalignment of the jaw over time. In general, patients with this disorder suffer some or all of these symptoms:
Pain on one or both sides of the jaw
Dull, aching pain near the ear
Lockjaw
Stiff jaw muscles (masseter muscles)
Limited jaw mobility
Chronic headaches
Pain that extends to the neck and shoulders
Popping or clicking jaw sounds

How TMJ Treatment With Botox Works​

During an appointment at Georgia Skin Specialists in Atlanta, one of our expert providers will administer Botox injections for TMJ on both sides of the jaw. It usually takes three to five injections on each side.

Botox is a neuromodulator that can disrupt nerve signals carried to muscles. The masseter muscles control the jaw and are used for talking, biting, chewing and facial movements like smiling. The Botox micro-doses disrupt and relax these muscles, preventing involuntary teeth clenching or jaw movement.

The vast majority of TMJ patients start to see relief from the tension in the jaw within a couple of days. Real pain relief begins about two weeks after their Botox treatment in Atlanta.

How Long Does TMJ Treatment With Botox Last?

TMJ Botox treatments typically last 4-6 months. As soon as any symptoms of TMJ start to return, patients should schedule another appointment with us. These appointments only take 10 to 15 minutes. The effects of Botox injections for TMJ last longer if patients continue coming in for follow-up appointments.

Who Is a Good Candidate?

If other treatment methods for TMJ disorder, such as wearing a nightguard or taking medication, have not worked, the person will likely be a good candidate for Botox treatments. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid treatment with Botox. Most people with involuntary bruxism, tightness of the jaw muscles, or generalized pain around the jaw can receive Botox treatments.

The best way to know for sure is to consult with one of our board-certified dermatologists at Georgia Skin Specialists. There is now a proven, 20-year track record of safety trials for Botox, and it has been deemed clinically safe for treatment of TMJ disorder.

Call Us for TMJ Botox Treatment in Atlanta​

Georgia Skin Specialists may be able to help you relieve the pain and discomfort from TMJ disorder. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our providers, or click below to book online.