How Can Masseter BOTOX® Help With TMJ?

Masseter BOTOX is the non-surgical process of injecting BOTOX within the masseter muscles and is often performed for cosmetic reasons to slim the face. However, this relaxation of the masseter muscles can also be useful for functional reasons like TMJ. So let’s take a look at what TMJ and masseter BOTOX are and how they complement each other. This way, you can decide if masseter BOTOX is the right choice for your TMJ.

What Is TMJ?

TMJ stands for the dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint. The temporomandibular joint resides at the top of your jaw, where it connects with the cheekbone. The joint acts like a sliding hinge that moves during speaking, chewing, drinking, and most actions that involve the jaw.

Inflammation of that joint not only makes these tasks difficult but also painful. This pain can affect daily function and be a nuisance, at the least. While a TMJ flare-up often goes away by itself over a couple of days or weeks, it’s possible to return without addressing root causes.

How Can Massetes BOTOX Help?

Before we can understand how masseter BOTOX can help TMJ, we must explain one of its primary causes. One of the main causes of TMJ is an overactive masseter muscle that causes clenching and grinding. This grinding can happen subconsciously throughout the day and is common throughout the night while you sleep.

An overactive masseter muscle not only leads to TMJ but can also cause a range of other issues. BOTOX works as a muscle relaxant to the masseter muscle to help alleviate TMJ symptoms and slim the jawline. Masseters BOTOX can be a great option for people looking for a non-surgical option to alleviate their TMJ with little to no downtime after the procedure.

Getting TMJ Under Control With Professional Help

TMJ is more than just a nuisance. The pain caused in your jaw can bring your days to a full stop. That restriction on eating, talking, and even just laughing can be stressful and exhausting. So if you’re looking for relief for TMJ, masseter BOTOX may be the solution for you.

Dr. Somenek and Dr. Pittman in Washinton, D.C., are award-winning plastic surgeons who understand the importance of returning patients to their everyday functions. Whether you’re trying to slim your jaw or find an alternative pain reliever for TMJ, contact Dr. Somenek and Dr. Pittman’s team at 202-933-5934 for a masseter BOTOX consultation today.


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