Botox For TMJ Treatment

One of the most exciting developments in treatment for TMJ disorder is Botox. The use of Botox may temporarily solve the problem of TMD. However, Botox injections are considered an alternative treatment of TMD. Botox does not treat the root cause of the TMJ disorder.

The Botox, used in controlled doses, relaxes or paralyzes targeted muscles, relieving pain and giving the temporomandibular joint, surrounding muscles, and ligaments time to heal. The effect of a single Botox session can last for three to five months, reducing the need for pain medications.


When Botox is injected into specific points in and around the temporomandibular joint, temples, and forehead. These injections temporarily relax the muscles that control teeth clenching and grinding. The relaxing of the muscles also allows the inflammation around the temporomandibular joint to subside. Once facial pain, headache, swelling, and discomfort are under control, you can more easily address other outside stressors that  increase TMD symptoms. The result is less pain and a greater range of movement. For patients whose TMJ is related to teeth grinding or jaw clenching, Botox can bring substantial relief. Many patients report their pain is reduced by 90% or more.