Botox Stittsville


Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders affect the jaw joint, its surrounding muscles and ligaments. TMJ disorders can be caused by a number of things, including trauma, arthritis and orthodontic issues, such as improper bite. Symptoms associated with these ailments can include:

  • Pain or tenderness in the face or in or around the jaw joint an ear while talking or chewing
  • grating, popping, or clicking sounds when opening or closing the mouth
  • trouble when opening the mouth widely
  • trouble chewing
  • facial swelling
  • jaw feeling ‘stuck’ in a certain position

If you experience one or more of these symptoms, it is advisable to consult with a dentist at Avenue Dental Specialty Group.

Once it has been determined that you are suffering from TMJ disorder, your dentist, in consultation with yourself, will determine which treatment option is suitable for your situation. These treatments may range from physical therapy and bite guards to oral medication. In certain cases, treatment via botox injections may be advisable.

When Botox May Be Used For DMJ Treatment

Botulinum toxin, more commonly referred to as botox, is a protein produced by the clostridium botulinum bacterium. While it is a toxic substance, botox does provide medical benefits when applied correctly and in small doses.

The treatment of DMJ cases is one such instance. If your dentist determines botox as a suitable treatment in your case, it will be injected into the affected muscles. These muscles, whose tense and spasmic behaviour causes the TMJ disorder, will relax and thus provide relief to your jaw joint.

Results should start showing after 1-2 weeks. While treatment with botox will not cure your TMJ disorder, it will alleviate your discomfort for a period of time. For most patients, one treatment provides lasting relief for at least one month before they require another dose.

Is the Injection of Botox Safe?

The short answer is: yes, it is safe. As with any other medication or treatment though, side effects may occur. They include pain, bruising and redness at the injection side. It is also advisable to always make sure that you let your dentist know if you take additional medication, including muscle relaxers, as these may affect the effectiveness of the injection.

Further, pregnant women and patients with conditions that affect neuromuscular transmission should not receive botox injections.

Want to Find Out More About Botox TMJ Treatment?

If you suffer from TMJ disorder, please reach out to us today. One of our dentists will be more than happy to discuss your personal situation and your treatment options. Also feel free to bring up any questions and concerns you might have.