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Botox/Xeomin for TMJ Disorders


Botox For TMJ

TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. Recent studies found that more than 10 million U.S. people suffer from this disorder. Headache, toothache, jaw pain, mandibular movement, jaw locking, and inflammation are some of its common symptoms.

Causes of TMJ Disorders

The most common causes of TMJ disorders include:

  • Genetics
  • Physical injury
  • Teeth misalignment
  • Emotional stress
  • Arthritis
  • Teeth grinding
  • Connective tissue disease

Botox/Xeomin For TMJ

Botox/Xeomin is effective to help treat symptoms of TMJ disorders. This treatment may help treat TMJ disorder symptoms which include jaw tension, headache due to teeth grinding, and lockjaw. Apart from TMJ disorders, this treatment is used to treat muscle stiffness, migraines, overactive bladder, and underarm sweating.

Reasons To Go For Botox/Xeomin Treatment For TMJ Disorders

Eliminates Jaw Pain and Tension

Botox paralyzes the overworked muscles of your jaw, eliminating jaw pain.

Prevents Headache

TMJ patients generally have an inflamed temporalis muscle. And it can cause headache. Botox treatment relaxes the temporalis muscle and prevents headache.

Increased Satisfaction

Botox treatment is found to decrease pain and increase jaw mobility. This treatment has successfully increased satisfaction among TMJ patients.

Side Effects

The common side effects of Botox/Xeomin for TMJ disorders are:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Respiratory Infections
  • Flu-Like Illness
  • Redness at the Injection Site
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Bruising at the Injection Site

About Botox/Xeomin Procedure

Botox/Xeomin treatment for TMJ disorder is a non-surgical procedure. Each session generally takes 10-15 minutes and involves 1-2 injections per side. We recommend treatments every 3-4 months.

Botox/Xeomin will be injected into your jaw muscles.  The pain caused by the injection is similar to a prick. You most likely will notice an improvement within 2 weeks of treatment. It is advisable to avoid rubbing the injection sites for few hours after this treatment.

Other Treatment Options for TMJ

  • Pain Relievers
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Physical therapy
  • Oral splints
  • Open-joint surgery to repair the joint
  • Arthroscopy
  • Arthrocentesis
  • Surgery to treat pain and lockjaw
  • Acupuncture
  • Relaxation techniques

Few Tips To Protect Yourself Against TMJ Disorders

  • Wear appropriate safety gear while exercising
  • Avoid chewing gum
  • Avoid eating hard foods
  • Focus on meditation
  • Use essential oils
  • Do yoga to relieve jaw tension

Looking for the best Botox/Xeomin treatment for TMJ? Schedule an appointment at Sandia Dental Care!


Our clinic is a member of the AAFE. We are certified to provide Botox/Xeomin for TMJ treatment.

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