Therapeutic Botox Treatment for TMJ
Botox was FDA approved for first line treatment for chronic migraine in February 2011. The active molecule of Botox is a highly refined purified protein. There are absolutely NO bacteria in Botox products.
Botox is now used routinely for frontline therapeutic treatment of TMJ/TMD, Headache and Orofacial Pain. There are different pathologies that affect the masticatory muscles, the temporomandibular joint and related structures resulting in TMJ/TMD and Myofacial pain. These pathologies affect more than 25% of the population. 90% of those seeking treatment are women.
Most studies suggest that up to 85% of TMJ/TMD/Orofacial Pain disorders are muscle related. Botox has been show to be very effective in treating these disorders along with chronic tension headaches and migraines. Botox is very effective in reducing clenching and grinding of teeth and the resulting overloading of the temporomandibular (jaw) joints.
Dr. Rayl is specially trained to administer Botox injectables to treat the aforementioned disorders. Botox injections do not hurt and most patients describe the feeling as no more than a slight pinprick.
6 Common Myths About Therapeutic Botox Treatment
- Botulinum toxin new and untested
- Botulinum toxin can give you botulism
- I will lose sensation and will have numbness where botulinum toxin is injected
- Botulinum toxin pulls skin taut
- Botulinum toxin freezes your face and makes you lose expression
- Botulinum toxin is dangerous when used for esthetic purposes
Common Causes of Orofacial Pain Which can be Treated with Therapeutic Botox Treatment
- Excessive physical stress
- Arthritis of the TMJ
- Whiplash injury
- Postural abnormality
- Ligamentous laxity
- Psychosocial distress (stress)
- Jaw abnormalities
- Malocclusion (bad bite)