Dr Singh who runs his botox clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, in his latest blog shares his thoughts on whether Botox help with TMJ problems?
What is TMJ?
TMJ or Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJ) are a group of disorders that causes much pain, discomfort and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscle that controls jaw movement.
What causes TMJ?
There are a few reasons why people suffer from TMJ. The possible causes could be, this is only a short list:
Heavy punch to the jaw
Putting pressure on the joint, such as grinding or clenching of the teeth
Arthritis in the joint and
Stress, this can cause the facial and jaw muscles to tighten
What are the symptoms of TMJ?
TMJ causes a lot of pain and discomfort which can last many years if left untreated. This disorder is very common for people aged between 20 and 40. The common symptoms can be:
Pain and tenderness in your face and jaw joint area
Trouble opening your mouth wide
Jaw gets stuck in the open or closed position
You may find that your jaw is clicking or popping when you open and close or mouth or when you are eating a meal
Trouble chewing food
Headaches, toothaches, earaches, hearing problems and possibly neckaches
How can Botox treatment help with TMJ?
Botox injections used in small dosages can help overcome some health problems. Currently, the FDA has not approved the use of Botox on TMJ disorders. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research states that ‘Results from recent clinical studies are inconclusive regarding the effectiveness of Botox for treatment of chronic TMJ disorders. Additional research is under way to learn how Botox specifically affects jaw muscles and their nerves. The findings will help determine if this drug may be useful in treating TMJ disorders’.
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