16 Jan How BOTOX® Can Relieve Your Jaw Pain
When most people think of BOTOX®, their first thought is likely that of the beautifying effect it has on those seeking to eliminate fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging.
But what if we told you it could also be used as an effective means of eliminating common jaw pain, such as with bruxism and TMJ?
What Is Bruxism?
Bruxism is teeth grinding and jaw clenching that can damage your teeth and disrupt your ability to sleep well. In fact, according to one survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, an estimated 8% of adults grind their teeth at night.
But when left untreated, Bruxism can have a long-lasting effect on your jaw, generating tension and pain as well as regular headaches and TMJ.
What is TMJ?
Temporomandibular joint syndrome, or TMJ, is a sharp pain felt specifically in the temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to your skull.
TMJ’s typical symptoms include an aching pain in the jaw, as well as in or around the ear, as well as difficulty chewing or locking of the jaw while speaking. In many cases, TMJ pain is temporary. However, for those who live with it as a result of bruxism or genetics, medical treatment is often a necessity.
How Can Botox Help?
BOTOX® is a neurotoxic byproduct of the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, meaning it is one of several medications derived from the botulinum toxin.
Botulinum toxin, of course, is best known for its ability to block pain signals between your muscles and nerves, thereby relaxing your muscles and relieving both your symptoms and discomfort. Thus, BOTOX® is a viable and commonly used non-surgical treatment for bruxism and TMJ.
BOTOX® treatments are fast and easy — your physician will simply inject the toxin directly into the site of pain in the jaw. The results are noticeable and mostly immediate, with relief manifesting within several days, or a week at most.
If you’re suffering from persistent jaw pain and/or teeth grinding, you don’t have to stand by and hope for relief. Instead, contact Ponte Vedra Vein Institute at (904) 280-0600 to find out if BOTOX® is the right treatment for you. Our patients are our passion, and we look forward to serving you!