Dental Botox in South Lake Union
Dental Botox® for TMJ
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is part of your jaw that helps with opening and closing your mouth. TMJ disorders cause a range of symptoms, such as jaw pain, headaches, and trouble chewing food. You may also notice that your jaw pops or locks. Dr. Bridget Singh, DDS, offers dental Botox® injections for TMJ symptoms to help residents of the South Lake Union area.
Dental Botox® for TMJ Treatment
Botox® is an injectable product that contains botulinum toxin A, an ingredient that temporarily relaxes facial muscles. Once the muscles relax, there is less tension on your jaw joint, and this relieves the discomfort and other symptoms.
Is Dental Botox® Right for Me?
Dr. Singh performs a thorough examination and review of your symptoms to determine if the treatment is your best option. She may recommend the injections as standalone treatments or as part of a broader TMJ treatment plan. Please advise Dr. Singh if you have a history of allergic reactions or unwanted side effects related to products that contain botulinum toxin A.
TMJ Treatment With Botox® Injections
The injections are administered into your jaw muscles with a thin needle. The most common sensation during the treatment is a slight pinch in the skin when the need is inserted into the muscle. After the procedure, you may notice some localized swelling, tenderness, bruising, and pinpoint bleeding at each injection site.
After Your Injections for TMJ Treatment
The botulinum toxin A may not affect the jaw muscles as desired if you put pressure on the treatment area. Avoid rubbing or massaging your jaw after the injections. Gently apply a cold compress to alleviate any discomfort. Dr. Singh may recommend that you sleep on your back for the first few days.
How Long Does It Take Botox® to Help With TMJ?
You may notice some improvement after the first 24 to 48 hours. It typically takes up to 10 days for the jaw muscles to completely relax. The results may last up to one year. Dr. Singh may recommend subsequent injections three to 12 months after your initial treatment.
Do Botox® Injections Fix TMJ Disorders?
Botox® injections are not intended to repair any damage to your jaw joint. The treatment aims to relieve muscle tension that causes some symptoms. Dr. Singh may recommend the injections as part of a larger treatment plan for your TMJ disorder.
Learn More About TMJ Treatment
Bridgett Singh, DDS, offers dental Botox® and other treatments for TMJ disorders. Call us today to schedule an appointment.