Botox injections or just Botox for treatment is not new to us anymore. After all, it’s been in the cosmetic scene for more than a decade now as a miracle wonder worker for wrinkles. TMJ disorder, on the other hand is an entirely different thing.
What Is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder is no laughing matter. It is a kind of headache that starts small, but can suddenly take a turn for the worst feeling like a searing pain shooting through your head. Patients usually report a pain in the jaw before the initial migraine, but it starts so faint that people usually never associate the jaw pain and the headache related. But it is. The temporomandibular joint, after all, is where the jaw bone connects with our skull.
The next nasty symptom that the person affected can suspect is the jaw starting to swell. And it can get pretty bad.
Some patients also report of other pains all over the face from the ears to the mouth area.
The Dark Reality of TMJ Disorder or TMD
One common cause of TMJ disorder is clenching. This usually happens when a person is stressed. Experts say that this condition is so common that the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research says that there are more or less ten million Americans suffering from the disorder.
The dark reality is that this disorder is a chronic condition which means that there is no cure to it yet. Hence, patients must live through the pain, not to mention of going through the disappointment of multiple treatments that don’t really work…until today.
Botox Injections for TMJ Disorder
Botox injection doesn’t really cure the disorder completely, rather, it minimizes the symptoms and give relief from the pain – which is, good enough for those who are suffering daily. This means that as long as the Botox treatment is in effect, you can chew again painlessly!
As it turns out, Asians were already ahead of us in this kind of treatment. The reason is because their aesthetics favor a slimmer lower part of the face, hence they apply Botox into the jaw. Guess what? Patients not only report of positive results in relation to the cosmetic results, but also of lesser jaw pain complaints.
Is There A Negative Side To This Treatment?
The first notable negative side to this treatment is that while there are more than six hundred studies focusing on the effect of Botox getting injected into the jaw area, this treatment is still yet to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
This procedure is also quite a challenge, that a person without the proper certification and experience might make matters worse by causing functional impairment, spasms, lockjaw, and other jaw-related problems. So best go to a board-certified doctor with ample experience, else risk not being able to chew for a very, very long time.
When done correctly though, you can say goodbye to the swelling and nasty headaches, and say hello to chewing like a regular person again. Just keep in mind though, that Botox wears away, which means that in order to enjoy its effect forever, you would need to get the treatment done every five months or so.