Can botox relieve the symptoms of TMJ

Are you experiencing jaw pain due to TMJ syndrome?  TMJ disorders can cause severe discomfort when left untreated.  Symptoms of TMJ can be eased using both surgical and non-surgical methods, and botox has recently been added as an alternative treatment.  But can botox relieve symptoms of TMJ.  

What is TMJ

The temporomandibular joint or TMJ is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull.   TMJ disorders can develop as a result of a jaw injury, excessive teeth grinding, or wear and tear on the joint over time. 

Symptoms of TMJ

Symptoms of TMJ include pain along the jawline, soreness and discomfort in the jaw, pain when chewing, severe headaches, and locking of the jaw joint.

Can botox relieve symptoms of TMJ

Botox is considered a safe, effective treatment for the recurring jaw discomfort associated with TMJ.  Botox is an outpatient procedure that takes approximately 30 minutes.

When botox is injected directly into specific facial muscles, it significantly reduces pain by limiting the contraction of the muscles.  As the muscles relax there is less clenching of the jaw and grinding of the teeth, but everyday actions such as chewing and speaking are not affected (learn more).  

What to expect after botox for TMJ?

Swelling and bruising may occur after botox treatment, but usually resolve in a few hours. 

When will I see results and how long does botox last?

Some patients notice an improvement in TMJ symptoms within 1-2 days of botox treatment, but relief can take up to one week.  Botox is a temporary solution for TMJ and typically lasts 3-4 months.  Once muscle function returns, additional treatments will be needed to ensure continued relief.

Would you like to learn more about botox for TMJ?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the San Francisco Bay area, contact Dr. Amin Samadian DDS, Orinda, CA, for a consultation.

You can reach Dr. Samadian at, or by calling 925-254-2360.

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