BOTOX® in Elk Grove, CA

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The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the hinge-like part of your jaw that connects your skull and makes it possible for you to open and close your mouth. Occasionally, patients will experience an injury to the TMJ, resulting in a painful and debilitating condition called temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). This disorder is characterized by symptoms, like jaw pain, facial spasms, tightness in the jaw, popping when you open and close your mouth, and pressure headaches. At Camden Dental Care in Elk Grove, CA, our providers offer exciting and innovative treatments for conditions, like TMD, including BOTOX injections. You may have heard of BOTOX being used for aesthetic treatments, but it is also useful for relieving the uncomfortable symptoms of TMD so that our dentist, Dr. Raju Dhariwal, can work to address the underlying cause of your pain. Reach out to our dental office today to learn more about BOTOX injections for TMD therapy.

If you suffer from restricted mouth movement or jaw pain in Elk Grove, CA, then you may be able to find relief with BOTOX injections. BOTOX treatment for TMJ disorder offers a variety of benefits for patients:

  • Relieves pain and discomfort in the jaw due to TMJ dysfunction
  • Reduces other painful symptoms related to TMJ dysfunction (such as headaches or tension)
  • Relaxes the muscles to allow for improved jaw function
  • May help to relieve teeth-grinding, one of the common symptoms of TMJ disorder
  • Offers a nonsurgical approach with minimal downtime for recovery
  • Can be combined with other jaw treatments to more effectively address your problem

The ideal candidate for BOTOX treatments at Camden Dental Care is someone in good health who is struggling with TMJ concerns such as jaw pain, muscle tension, or limited jaw movement and who has had limited improvement from other treatments. If you are affected by any muscle or skin conditions that may interfere with the injections, then we may recommend other therapies to ease your symptoms. Before moving forward with your treatment, Dr. Dhariwal will conduct a comprehensive evaluation to determine if BOTOX injections are a suitable option for managing your discomfort.

When you visit Camden Dental Care for your initial consultation, Dr. Dhariwal will first assess the movement of your jaw and look for signs of TMD, which might include ground-down or misaligned teeth. He will also massage the jawbone and surrounding area to monitor for swelling and sensitivity. Our office may also perform digital x-rays along with a bite analysis to determine the best treatment approach.

If it's decided that BOTOX is needed, injections may be made around the forehead, temples, and jaw to affix the muscles, limiting pain and allowing you to use your jaw more comfortably. Before your treatment is over, we'll also offer tips on how to care for and strengthen your jaw. Medication may also be prescribed to ease jaw pain and reduce inflammation.

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Temporomandibular joint pain affects more than just the jaw — TMD can cause swelling, headaches, pain around the neck, shoulders, and head, and an array of other uncomfortable symptoms that can make day-to-day life more difficult. There are many possible causes of TMD, which is why we urge you to reach out to Camden Dental Care to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dhariwal if you have experienced any of the symptoms above or have noticed a clicking sound when you move your jaw. Our experienced team in Elk Grove, CA will listen to your concerns and help you find the right treatment to live comfortably again. Reach out to our office for more information and to schedule an appointment.

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How long does BOTOX take to relieve TMJ?

It can take up to two weeks for BOTOX treatments to fully work on your jaw muscles, but you should begin to notice improvements within a day or two following your injections. In time, your facial muscles will begin to relax on their own, and you should experience less clenching and fewer TMD-related pains.

Do BOTOX injections for TMJ hurt?
Most patients report little to no pain when receiving BOTOX injections for TMJ therapy. BOTOX is administered at Camden Dental Care using fine-gauge needles, which produce a pinching sensation at worst. If you're anxious about pain, we encourage you to speak to our team and voice any questions or concerns you have during your consultation.
How long will my results last?
When used for TMJ therapy, BOTOX effects usually last between 3 – 6 months. Based on the intensity of your symptoms, our team will discuss an injection schedule to keep up your results. If you begin to feel that your symptoms are escalating in intensity, give our office a call to discuss follow-up treatments or other options.
Are BOTOX injections for TMJ covered by insurance?

Insurance plans can vary significantly, so we recommend reaching out to your policy provider to learn if your BOTOX treatment for TMJ will be covered. Generally, this treatment is not covered by most medical or dental insurance policies. If you have a flexible savings account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA), those savings can be used to pay for the cost of your BOTOX injections. We also encourage you to speak with our office staff about financing so you can get the TMJ care you need.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.