BOTOX for TMJ
If oral appliance therapy hasn't worked to keep your temporomandibular joint disorder under control, we may recommend BOTOX® for TMJ.
Dental Works in Scottsdale, AZ, uses botulinum toxin to relax facial muscles and alleviate tension in the jaw.
See how Xeomin®, a product like BOTOX, can address the symptoms of TMJ disorders so patients can live pain-free lives.
Understanding Botulinum Toxin
and How It Can Treat TMD
The temporomandibular joints (TMJs) connect your jaw to your skull and are responsible for allowing you to open and close your mouth. When the TMJs become strained or injured, it can have a significant impact on your daily life. Activities like eating and chewing that were once second nature can become painful and difficult.
That's where botulinum toxin comes in.
Botulinum toxin is a protein that relaxes the muscle in which it's injected and alleviates tension. This can keep the strain on your temporomandibular joints to a minimum, alleviating your jaw pain and potentially reducing teeth grinding.
What Can BOTOX Injections Treat?
Our Scottsdale dental office uses BOTOX injections to treat a variety of common concerns, like:
- TMJ disorders
- Jaw pain
- Deep lines on the face
- Finer wrinkles
Alleviate Your TMJ Pain Today
Contact Our Scottsdale, AZ, Office
to Get Started
If you're experiencing facial pain, difficulty chewing, or clicking and popping noises when you open and close your mouth, you may have a TMJ disorder. Drs. Terry and Mary Ann Work can determine if Xeomin can be used to alleviate your symptoms and restore functionality to your jaw.
Improve your quality of life with just a few injections—fill out our contact form or call our office serving Scottsdale and Phoenix to get started.
Experience Thorough Dentistry
and Easy Visits
"My appointment went very well and Dr Work as always makes the visit very easy. I am always a little nervous while at the dentist but she just gets to it and I’m out of there in a jiffy." - geoff9711
"I finally Love my dentist! Dr's Terry and Maryann Work are so thorough and friendly. It really has been a wonderful experience!" - Denise Scottweber
The Cost of TMJ Treatment and Paying for Your Injections
When used for cosmetic purposes, our cost per unit of BOTOX is $14. When used for TMJ treatment, the cost per unit is $21. Medical treatment is more expensive because the injections are deeper and affect different muscles.
Your insurance plan may help cover the cost of BOTOX for the treatment of TMD and headaches, but we can confirm your coverage with your provider before you commit to treatment. BOTOX treatment for TMD is still considered experimental and many insurance companies won't cover it.
Our Scottsdale office wants TMD treatment to be accessible to everyone. If you have any out-of-pocket costs, you can finance your treatment through CareCredit® or Sunbit. These third-party lenders allow patients to pay for their care in affordable installments.
The Injection Procedure What to Expect at Your Appointment
Your injectable treatment will be performed by a dentist in our Scottsdale office. Appointments are quick, and typically last 10-15 minutes.
Making the Most
of Your Treatment
Patients can return to their normal activities after each Xeomin appointment, but there are some simple things you can do to yield the best possible results:
- Don't rub or apply pressure to the treatment area. This can cause the toxin to spread to other muscles.
- Stay upright for four hours. Lying down increases the chances of the toxin migrating from the jaw muscles to different areas of the face.
- Avoid strenuous exercise for 12 hours. When your blood pressure and heart rate increase, you could worsen bruising at the injection sites.
Is BOTOX treatment safe?
Yes. When administered by qualified and experienced injectors such as Drs. Terry and Mary Ann Work, BOTOX is safe. Though it's not currently FDA-approved for the treatment of TMD, BOTOX has been FDA-approved for two decades for the treatment of various other medical concerns like eyelid spasms and cosmetic concerns like wrinkles.
Are there potential risks?
While there are potential risks associated with any medical procedure, BOTOX for the treatment of TMJ disorders has a low chance of serious complications. When patients experience side effects, they typically appear in the form of injection site redness, discomfort, and bruising.
Can you administer BOTOX for cosmetic purposes?
Yes. While our Scottsdale office mainly uses BOTOX injections for the treatment of TMJ disorders, we can also use them for cosmetic purposes like the treatment of droopy eyelids, wrinkles around the eyelids and mouth, and deep and fine lines across the forehead.
Welcoming Staff, State-of-the-Art Equipment
My husband and I have been patients of DRs Terry and Maryann Work since they first opened their office. We have witnessed how they have carefully hired great people to welcome us when we come for our appointments and then assist the DRs in our dental care. Their equipment is “ cutting edge” and both Doc’s continue to be on top with any new dental skill needed . They are often the ones giving lectures to other dentists about new procedures. 5 stars for friendliness, great skills and an office with a “ happy vibe” during visits!View on Google
Dr. Mary Ann was thorough and caring in her approach to my oral health. She and the staff provided me with options for my oral care as well as information about the latest treatments. She and her staff were very professional and polite. Her competence and experience were evident as Dental Works provides state of the art equipment for diagnosis, treatment, and comfort.View on Google