What is TMJ/ TMD, and How Can BOTOX Help?

Surprisingly, BOTOX can be used for both cosmetic and medical treatments, including treating TMJ “TMD” and orofacial pain. But what is TMD? This temporomandibular disorder affects the hinge of the jaw that allows us to eat and talk with mobility; however, if you struggle with this disorder, symptoms such as sore cheeks and jaw, teeth clenching or grinding, tension headaches, and neck or shoulder pain are common. BOTOX is an excellent option to relax the muscles and treat the tension causing these symptoms. It's important to remember that BOTOX may not work for everyone who has been diagnosed with TMD, and we can assist you with a professional opinion, based on our decades of experience treating patients throughout the Western Suburbs, including the communities of Naperville, Lisle, and Wheaton.

What is BOTOX?

BOTOX is a commonly used injection that reduces the activity of facial muscles. It is often used cosmetically to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and aging lines, or even deep frown lines. Sometimes, it is also combined with other treatments like dermal fillers to improve the skin’s overall condition and achieve a youthful glow. Beyond its cosmetic purposes, BOTOX can also be used therapeutically—to relax facial muscles and alleviate pain from tight jaws, tension headaches, and more. BOTOX has become a widely accepted treatment option that offers an array of benefits for a range of health and aesthetic concerns.

Why Choose Ladone Family Dental?

When you work with the Ladone family you can rest assured that you’re in capable hands that are dedicated to delivering beautiful cosmetic results. We strive to provide high-quality dental care that prioritizes our patients’ satisfaction. Our experienced staff of healthcare professionals is led by Dr. Paul Ladone DDS and Dr. Kelsey Ladone DMD, with 30+ years in the field of dentistry. We are committed to delivering the highest quality care to patients throughout the Western Suburbs, including Naperville and Lisle.

Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve your ideal oral health. With our aesthetic practitioner, Dr. Lora Riccolo, you can feel secure knowing you are in experienced hands.

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Why is BOTOX Used for TMJ?

BOTOX treatments have been studied to confirm efficacy in reducing the severity of headaches associated with TMD conditions when traditional treatment options do not provide relief. Not only is BOTOX safe and low risk, but it can also offer much needed relief quickly.

Benefits of BOTOX for TMJ/ TMD

BOTOX has been increasingly used in the healthcare field to treat pain due to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Using BOTOX for TMJ can be beneficial for those who suffer from chronic pain and discomfort due to clenching and grinding. 

  • Not only does it act as a muscle relaxant, but it can also reduce inflammation and help decrease the intensity of painful jaw movements. 
  • BOTOX injections can be administered quickly with minimal invasiveness, and the effects can last up to three or four months depending on the severity of the case.

BOTOX offers many advantages when used as a treatment option for TMJ and is likely to become an even more commonly utilized remedy in the years ahead.

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Will BOTOX Injections Change My Face Shape?

BOTOX for TMJ disorder can be beneficial in more ways than one. It not only helps to relieve pain caused by muscular clenching but also shapes your face in a flattering way. As jaw muscles become tense and overworked, the face becomes wider, resulting in an aged look that can leave you feeling self-conscious. BOTOX helps to relax and soften those facial muscles, easing the pain from clenching as well as slimming down your face and restoring youthfulness. Achieving these cosmetic effects can make for a satisfying bonus on top of therapeutic relief.

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