When BOTOX®, an alternative treatment to a displaced temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ), is injected into the affected face muscles, relief from soreness and discomfort is found. If the TMJ becomes fatigued an individual will likely begin to experience difficulty doing everyday tasks such as chewing and speaking. If left untreated, this can also lead to tension headaches and sharp pains.
A relief mechanism for Bruxism, the official term for excessive grinding of the teeth or jaw clenching, has recently been realized through BOTOX®. By injecting botox into the muscles near the jaw, signals that tell your muscles when to contract are blocked, relieving tension. This has been seen to relieve headaches, jaw pain, muscle tension as well as prevent tooth damage. This is a great choice over alternative relief plans such as night guards that only protect the result of the grinding, because BOTOX® actually provides relief to the issue at hand.