Botox for Bruxism? Yes you heard right… Botox, the leading cosmetic brand that has taken the world by a storm is a true contender is the TMJ treatment realm. Patients suffering from TMJ, bruxism, locked jaw, facial pain, headaches, migraines and so many more related symptoms can now receive certifiable relief from Botox injections.
Botox is a purified product derived from a protein also known as BotulinumToxinA. It is not by any means dangerous or toxic as long as it is properly injected in the right dosage amounts. The purpose of Botox is to relax the muscles it is being injected into. Once injected, Botox binds to the muscle receptors and effectively places the muscle to sleep for a limited amount of time, thereby alleviating the pain and symptoms associated with the area being treated.
The Key to this treatment is as with anything, finding the right practitioner to administer the injections. Neuromuscular experts, such as Dr. Sid Solomon DDS, are trained in the muscles and nerves of the head, face and neck. Dr. Solomon has been treating patients for bruxism and TMJ with Botox for many years. He has treated hundreds of patients and will first and foremost determine if the patient is a good candidate for Botox. If this is the case, he will do a detailed assessment of the patient’s facial anatomy and determine the amount of units needed and injection points. Injections are generally painless and only take a few minutes- as long as they are done correctly.
Botox is not a permanent solution by any means. Botox will wear off in about 3-6 months and patients will need to come back and get treated once the pain returns. There are permanent options that Dr. Solomon offers as well and all more permanent TMJ treatment options are focused on finding the proper alignment of the jaw. Jaw pain, headaches, facial pain, ringing in the ears are all possibly related to TMJ and Dr. Solomon can clinically determine if the symptoms are truly related to the temporomandibular joint and then offer the entire array of TMJ treatment options available ranging from nightguards, orthosis, TENS therapy, Botox treatment and much more….Please call the leading TMJ expert in Los Angeles Dr. Sid Solomon DDS today and start living life pain free!