Did you know: Botox is now being used to relieve chronic headaches associated with TMJ?
Botox has been used to improve facial aesthetics for many years. In recent years dentists have begun to use Botox to help patients manage and treat chronic headaches. Headaches associated with TMJ can be debilitating and can hinder a patient’s quality of life.
Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci is a highly trained Botox dentist. Our Pennington, NJ dentist office offers Botox for the treatment of TMJ headaches. Using bite analysis and precise treatment planning, Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci can help patients find relief from chronic headaches. Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci has an extensive understanding of the function and anatomy of the face, shoulders, neck, and head. This allows her to use Botox in a precise and effective manner.
Headaches and TMJ
While headaches can be caused by a myriad of factors, headaches that occur first thing in the morning, or that are dull and lingering, are commonly associated with TMJ. TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, or the jaw joint. This delicate region of the faces is packed with muscles and nerves. When it becomes damaged due to trauma, teeth grinding, or a misalignment of the bite, patients may experience very painful symptoms.
Symptoms of TMJ
- Pain in the temples
- Headaches, especially in the mornings
- Pain or tension in the shoulders, neck and upper back
- Teeth grinding
- Jaw clenching
Botox for Headaches
Botox is FDA approved and has been used for cosmetic procedures for many years. A minimally invasive procedure, Botox does not require long downtimes and treatment can be adjusted for personalized and more effective treatment.
Botox is administered using very thin needles. Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci will determine the ideal locations for the injections prior to treatment. The number and placement of injections will vary depending on the needs of the patient.
Results can be instant, and many patients see a reduction of about 8 fewer headaches a month. Botox treatment lasts approximately 6 months. Treatment can be administered during your regular dental health exam and teeth cleaning.
If you suffer from chronic headaches or facial pain, contact our Pennington, NJ dentist office to learn if Botox is right for you. Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci also offers Botox and facial fillers to improve the aesthetics and balance of the face. You may call our Pennington office, or schedule a consultation online.