Symptoms of TMJ include:
Pain and tenderness in or around the ear, jaw joint
Pain in the muscles of the jaw, face, temples, neck
Facial pain upon awakening
Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
Crepitus – tmj clicking/popping, crunching/grinding noise during oral function
TMJ AND JAW PAIN
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located on both sides of the head at the point where the jawbone meets the skull. The temporomandibular joint is used during talking, eating, swallowing, and other everyday activities. If this joint becomes displaced or is overworked through excessive teeth grinding, a person may suffer severe tension headaches, as well as sharp pain in the jaw.
IS THIS TREATMENT COVERED BY OHIP OR MY INSURANCE PLAN?
The consultation and assessment of TMJ Disorder or Bruxism is covered by OHIP with our Medical Doctors.
The BOTOX® medication is typically covered by the majority of private drug plans, and an additional injection fee of $149 is charged to the patient for performing the procedure.
How Botox® for TMJ Works
Botox can treat TMJ disorder, teeth grinding (bruxism), and teeth clenching by relaxing the muscles that control the jaw (temporomandibular) joint. All of these can all cause extreme pain and disrupt daily life. In the past, traditional treatments such as dental splints or night guards were used to treat these conditions. However, Botox injections deliver targeted treatment to the source of the problem. Botox Therapeutic treatments will last for approximately 3-4 months. Maintenance Botox Therapeutic injections are required for long-term treatment of TMJ disorders
FAQ: BOTOX FOR TMJ PAIN AND BRUXISM
HOW IS BOTOX FOR TMJ PAIN ADMINISTERED?
Botox® is injected into the temporalis, frontal and masseter muscles that together can cause jaw pain and headaches. Botox® works by blocking nerve signals that cause uncontrollable muscle movements, essentially relaxing the muscles.
ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS?
Side effects of this treatment are most often relatively minimal. You may experience some mild bruising and or discomfort for a few days. Your jaw may feel tired when chewing tough foods for a week or two as the Botox® settles in but this will resolve completely.
WHEN DO I FEEL PAIN RELIEF?
Pain relief can be expected within 2-4 weeks after your treatment, and lasts on average 3-6 months. Most patients who receive Botox® treatment regularly after a year to two, have noticed the decrease frequency needs for retreatment due to the fact that their muscles have atrophied over time.
Our comprehensive, holistic approach to your health and beauty
Our medical team will provide a comprehensive diagnosis and assessment of the area you would like to perform any procedure. We will discuss all the available options that can either be paired or added for an integrated care of your health and beauty - an approach that will treat you from the inside out. Our team offers naturopathy which can assess your nutrition/diet/lifestyle for optimal results, IV therapy and vitamin infusions and more.
All new clients will consult with a certified and trained medical staff in order to properly assess the preferred area of treatment.