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Treatment of temporo-mandibular joint pain and muscle tension induced headaches.
The temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) is located on both sides of the head at the point where the jawbone meets the skull. The TMJ 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.
Botox injections are being used frequently in dental offices as a great alternative treatment of TMJ pain, which may include headache, clenching/grinding and sleep bruxism. Botox relieves jaw tension by making muscles unable to engage in the powerful movement of the jaw that produces headaches and pain. Botox injections take only 10 to 15 minutes and remain effective for anywhere between two and six months. While reducing the ability of facial muscles to engage in problematic grinding, Botox allows them to perform daily activities such as talking, chewing, and swallowing. In addition, the treatment can help safeguard dental health, since excessive grinding can result in worn down teeth and damaged gums that may require costly treatment.
Many dental insurance companies accept Botox TMJ pain treatments. However, every insurance policy is different, therefore, it will be your ultimate responsibility for the service fee if it is determined not to be covered under your insurance plan.
Dr. Günay has recently completed the advanced certification Botox course. Book an appointment for consultation with Dr. Günay if Botox is right for you, call 613-722-4855.