First, let’s redefine the use of these treatments for TMJ therapy. Too many people associate facial injections like these with only one thing – beauty. But Botox and dermal fillers can offer pain relief as well. Dermal fillers and Botox are forms of TMJ therapy to ease tension and pain in the face, including TMJ pain.
As people age, they may lose collagen and natural proteins that provide necessary padding in their bodies. Dermal fillers are used to give some of that padding back. For jaw pain, the dermal filler is injected in the area near the affected joint to give added cushioning.
When it comes to jaw pain, TMJ pain relief is the main reason for Botox or dermal fillers. It’s safe, it reduces pain and as an added benefit, can provide a more youthful look.
Botox for Migraine Headaches
In a study of adults who get chronic migraine headaches, shots of Botox cut down the total number of days they had them and less pain when they did. They also reported fewer days of work missed.
In another study, nearly half the people who took two rounds of Botox shots reported that the number of days they had a headache each month was cut in half. After five rounds of treatment, that increased to about 70% of the people.
Doctors think Botox works for migraine headaches because it blocks chemicals called neurotransmitters that carry pain signals from your brain. Botox acts like a roadblock in that pathway. It stops the chemicals before they get to the nerve endings around your head and neck.
Botox Treatment for Migraines
The patient typically receives several shots of Botox around the head and neck once every 12 weeks to dull or prevent migraine headaches.
As many as 20-30 shots could be needed. Some patients see results as quickly as 2 to 3 weeks after the first treatment.
You should only get this type of Botox treatment from a doctor who’s trained to give these shots for chronic migraine headaches rather than for wrinkles or other cosmetic uses.
Can a Dentist administer Botox?
Dentists who complete specialized training for Botox can administer the injection for cosmetic purposes or pain relief caused by TMD or migraine headaches.
Their experience and knowledge of facial anatomy make dentists an obvious choice for these treatments. Dentists also practice oral systemic health, making treatment safe.
Another thing dentists are experienced at is injecting anesthetics to the facial region and making the injection process as quick and painless as possible.
Find Out If Botox Might Be Right for You
Your Kingston Dentist can help you decide if dermal fillers or Botox are right for your TMJ pain or migraine headaches. Get in touch today and schedule a visit to learn more.