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BOTOX for TMJ

BOTOX® injections are popular for smoothening facial wrinkles without surgery. But did you know that BOTOX can treat TMJ disorders too?

When injected into the facial muscles, BOTOX can effectively alleviate temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and jaw tension.

Wonder if BOTOX can help you with your TMJ disorder or jaw pain? Schedule a visit to Fort Bend Dental in Richmond or Missouri City, TX.

What Is BOTOX?

BOTOX, or botulinum toxin, is a protein that is injected into the facial muscles, causing them to relax. This effect has many cosmetic and practical applications.

The Details of Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding is both problematic and common. A third of adults grind their teeth or clench their jaw during the day. Sometimes, folks suffer from this habit unconsciously. In fact, over 10% of adults grind or clench in their sleep. 

Daytime grinding is often caused by anxiety, stress, and life tension. Nighttime causes can include acid reflux and sleep apnea. Jaw clenching can also be influenced by substance use, including caffeine and alcohol. Our dentists can evaluate the causes of your grinding and provide treatment.

Why BOTOX for TMJ Disorders

The temporomandibular joints (TMJs) are located on both sides of the head where the jawbone meets the skull. They are used very heavily, especially when you talk and eat. However, severe stress, jaw clenching, and teeth grinding can cause the TMJs to become inflamed, leading to uncomfortable side effects. 

When BOTOX is injected into the facial muscles, it paralyzes the muscles in that area, making it impossible for them to move in a way that causes intense clenching and grinding. This can eliminate headaches, pain, and premature tooth wear.

A Simple Treatment

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A few simple injections can relax muscles that are causing painful symptoms.

Experience Relief from TMJ Disorder Symptoms

  • TMJ and jaw tension
  • Headaches 
  • Teeth grinding
  • Lockjaw
  • Facial pain
  • Soreness and discomfort
  • Sharp jaw pain
  • Dental damage

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Emergency Availability

TMJ disorder can cause severe pain, lasting damage, and migraine headaches. While these might not be life-threatening emergencies, they can certainly cause daily suffering that must be alleviated. Our doctors offer urgent care and weekend availability for patients who need their problems taken care of fast. 

Top-Notch Technology

We spare no expense when it comes to offering our patients the best in dental technology. Our advanced tools, including panoramic x-rays and intraoral cameras, allow us to effectively evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients. This way we can assess the degree of your TMJ disorder and offer BOTOX or other treatments as needed.

Soothing Sedation

BOTOX for TMJ treatment is not considered painful or uncomfortable and typically requires simple numbing. However, some patients may struggle with sitting still or have excessive dental anxiety. If this is the case for you or your loved one, our highly-skilled team offers a spectrum of sedation dentistry options.

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2021

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I was nervous about seeing a new dentist at a different clinic but let me tell u it was the best experience ever!! Dr Pinkston & Roxann were the BEST they were both very professional the office was very clean!!! They both explained the entire procedure as they went along step by step I loved it there & highly recommend Fortbend Dental ~ Thank you Dr Pinkston & Roxann!!! I will see y’all for all dental needs from now on ♥️♥️

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I have had anxiety about the dentist since I was a kid. I really enjoy going here. I received dental work from Dr. Jerry B. He was really amazing and helped me to feel comfortable through the whole procedure. He talked to me and told me everything he was doing and constantly checked on my pain level, which was very bearable. I now am on a treatment plan for my gums which have improved immensely. I highly recommend this place!

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Start Your TMJ Disorder Treatment Today

If you know you have TMJ disorder, you can trust that our dentists can treat you effectively with BOTOX. If you think you might have TMJ disorder, we can evaluate and diagnose if necessary. For many patients, a simple evaluation can be life-changing. They might finally find out the cause of their pain, have an unknown condition discovered, or even be told that there is no serious issue at all.

The only way to take care of dental problems is to allow skilled dentists to conduct a thorough assessment. Our team has been making people in Richmond and Missouri City smile for years. Reach out over the phone or write to us to request your consultation today.

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What to Expect When You Receive BOTOX Injections for TMJ

BOTOX injections can be administered by one of our dentists in just 10 to 30 minutes. Here's what to expect during an injection appointment at one of our offices in Richmond, Missouri City, or Grand Parkway.

Each session can be completed in just 10 to 30 minutes.
Each session can be completed in just 10 to 30 minutes.

Numbing

Before administering the injections, our dentists will typically apply a numbing cream to the treatment sites. Discomfort during the procedure is very minimal, and patients compare the feeling to a bug bite or pinprick.

Injections

Depending on your symptoms, the dentist will then inject BOTOX into the forehead, jaw muscles, or other areas.

Results

There is no downtime required for BOTOX injections, but it typically takes a few days or up to a week for patients to feel the effects of the treatment and for TMJ symptoms to subside.

Follow-Up Appointments

A few months later, you will need to come back to our office to receive touch-up treatments to keep your TMJ disorder symptoms at bay.

What to Expect After Your Treatment

After about one week, you should notice less tenderness in your head and jaw. While some patients experience bruising or redness after receiving BOTOX injections, these usually fade quickly and are not a cause for worry.

To avoid spreading the BOTOX to other muscles in your face, avoid rubbing your face, try not to bend over, and refrain from strenuous activity until you are cleared by one of our Richmond, Missouri City, or Grand Parkway, TX, doctors.

Affordable Botox Treatment Don't Break the Bank for TMJ Treatment

Many dental insurance plans will not cover costs for BOTOX treatment. However, our experienced team is very knowledgeable regarding dental insurance and can explore whether or not your plan happens to cover costs for injections used specifically for TMJ.

We hate to see budgets be a barrier to dental care that Richmond and Missouri City locals desire. To help our patients pay, we accept CareCredit® and also offer in-house payment plans to aid affordability.

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Daniel Rodriguez

2022

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Wonderful experience the dentist makes you feel comfortable and takes time to explain everything the staff and dental assistant are awesome outstanding work

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2022

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Alex and Monica always have a very positive and friendly attitude during my visits. It doesn’t matter if I am the first patient of the day or the very last patient they are always smiling, joking and concerned about how I am doing.

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Fort Bend Dental has provided Fort Bend County with high-quality dental care for over 30 years. With three convenient locations in Richmond, TX, and Missouri City, TX, to serve you and your family, our services include:

  • General Dentistry
  • Complete Family Dentistry
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Restorative Dentistry

Contact us online or call us at (281) 499-3541 to request an appointment today.

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