About BOTOX® Therapeutic
The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the place where your jaw connects to your skull to enable you to open and close your jaw easily. Sometimes the temporomandibular joint is damaged or injured, leading to a painful condition known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction or disorder (TMD). If you’re having pain or hearing noises whenever you open your jaw, you might benefit from BOTOX injections for TMJ. Made from a purified strain of botulinum toxin type A, BOTOX injections in your jaw work by temporarily freezing the muscles that cause teeth grinding and clenching. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Phing Saurer in Dublin, OH to learn more about this innovative treatment for TMJ.
What to Expect with BOTOX Therapeutic
To help diagnose TMJ/TMD, Dr. Saurer will assess how your jaw moves and look for signs of teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and misalignment of your teeth. Once she has determined that you are a good candidate for BOTOX Therapeutic, your injections will be performed in-office. A fine needle will be used to inject the BOTOX into selected areas of your jaw. Most people say this feels like a quick pinprick sensation. This works to relax your jaw muscles that cause jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Following your injections, you can get right back to your usual day. For most patients, BOTOX lasts about four months, and Dr. Saurer will let you know how often you may need additional treatments. As you receive more injections, you may notice your outcomes last longer so you can space your follow-up sessions further apart.