At Skin MD and Beyond, we are truly excited to offer a wide range of solutions for patients in both general and cosmetic medicine. Botox® injections are commonly used to address the unwanted signs of aging, though there are many other purposes for this medication that many patients may not realize. For example, those with issues such as TMJ/TMD may find relief with Botox® injections, which can alleviate pain and improve the range of motion in the jaw.
What is TMJ/TMD?
TMJ, or “temporomandibular joint disorder, is a specific condition that affects the joints and muscles in the jaw. It can cause a clicking or popping sound when opening or closing the mouth, as well as pain and tenderness in the jaw joint. TMD can also lead to headaches, earache, and neck pain.
Botox® injections can help relieve pain and improve the range of motion in the jaw by relaxing the muscles around the joint. Injections are typically given approximately every three to six months, and most patients see an improvement within a few weeks after treatment. With continued injections, many patients are able to alleviate the issues associated with this condition and improve their overall quality of life.
Signs of TMJ/TMD
If you notice any of the below symptoms, you may be dealing with TMJ/TMD:
- Clicking and popping of the jaw
- Locking of the jaw joint (in the open or closed position)
- Jaw pain and discomfort around the joint
- Pain from the shoulders, neck, and up through the ears
- Chronic headaches and migraines
How Botox® can be used for conditions such as TMJ/TMD
Botox® is most commonly associated with reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. However, this popular injectable can also be used to treat a number of other conditions, including TMJ/TMD, headaches, clenching, and teeth grinding. Patients who come to the team at Skin MD and Beyond are typically considering this popular injectable for the treatment of fine lines, wrinkles, and folds on the face. But when injected into the muscles around the jaw, Botox® can help relax them and reduce tension associated with conditions such as TMJ/TMD.