|Botox® Treatment for TMJ & Migraines
What is Botox?
Botox® is the trade name for Botulinum Toxin, a neurotoxin in the form of a purified protein. The mechanism of action for Botox is quite simple; it is injected into facial muscles but really doesn't affect the muscle at all. Botox works by blocking the transmitters between the motor nerves that innervate the muscle.
There is no loss of sensory feeling in the muscles. Once the motor nerve endings are interrupted, the muscle cannot contract, causing wrinkles in the skin to smooth. The effects of Botox last approximately three to four months, at which time the patient will require re-treatment.
Using Botox for The Treatment TMJ & Bruxism
Botox has important clinical uses as an adjunct in facial pain and bruxism cases for patients with chronic TMJ and facial pain including migraines and headaches.
Botox can be used as a part of your treatment plan if you suffer from chronic headaches, TMJ or bruxism.
The TMJ and its associated muscles control chewing and movement of the jaw. It is a hinge joint connecting the mandible to the temporal bone of the skull.
TMJ pain is often the result of issues with the joint and/or surrounding muscles including, but not limited to, grinding/clenching of teeth, stress in facial muscles, dislocation of the disc, arthritis or trauma to the jaw.
Symptoms of TMJ related facial pain include:
Headaches and Migraines
A migraine is a common type of headache that may have a variety of symptoms including nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound. In many people, a throbbing pain is isolated to one side of the head. Some patients suffering from migraines have warning symptoms, known as auras, before the actual headache begins.
Bruxism is a dental condition in which a person grinds or clenches their teeth together. Often a person suffering from bruxism is unaware as they may unconsciously clench their teeth together during the day or grind them at night, which is called sleep bruxism.
Bruxism can range from minor to severe. In some cases, it can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other head and neck problems. Because many people have sleep bruxism and are often unaware of it until complications develop, it's important to know the signs and symptoms of bruxism and to pursue regular dental care.
The Botox Procedure
Receiving Botox takes only a few minutes and there’s no need for anesthesia or down time. The injections are made using a very fine needle and are virtually painless. Generally, results are visible within two to ten days. To reduce the possibility of bruising/swelling, it is recommended to avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours and aspirin/anti-inflammatory medications for a period of two weeks prior to the procedure. As always, consult your physician before stopping any medications.
The most common side effects of Botox injections are bruising, redness, and swelling. Other, rare side effects are possible and will be reviewed by the treating physician. To avoid adverse reactions/results, do not manipulate the treated area for 2 hours after injections and maintain an upright position.
The effects of Botox typically last three to four months. Contact ImplantWide today at (630) 394-9787 to schedule a consultation.
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