TMJ Botox Vancouver for TMJ Joint and Masseter Muscle Pain

TMJ pain, or temporomandibular joint pain, is a condition that affects many individuals here in Vancouver, prompting them to seek botox treatment. This condition can cause pain, discomfort, and difficulty eating and speaking. TMJ pain can be caused by various factors such as stress, teeth grinding, or misaligned teeth. Fortunately, masseter Botox® is an effective treatment for many individuals plagued by this condition. The muscles are relaxed by injecting Botox® into the masseter muscles, reducing tension across this joint. In addition to alleviating discomfort associated with TMJ, Botox® can prevent further damage to the jaw joint and muscles caused by clenching or grinding of teeth.

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  • Length of Treatments: 30 minutes
  • Recovery Time: None
  • Onset of Action: 1-2 weeks; Best results with symptom relief seen at 4 weeks and a follow up treatment may be required depending on the muscle strength
  • Cost: Varies with dosing on masseter strengths and symptom severity

TMJ Botox Vancouver: Treated Conditions 

Neuromodulators, particularly Botox®, have emerged as a promising treatment option for TMJ disorders and bruxism by targeting the masseters. By addressing the root cause of these conditions: overactive masseter muscles. Neuromodulators like Botox® can significantly relieve symptoms and improve a patient's quality of life. With their quick onset of action, long-lasting effects, and non-invasive nature, Botox® offers a compelling addition to conventional treatments such as NSAID’s, massage, accupuncture, dental night guards, or corrective jaw surgery. This is particular true for patients who have not responded to conventional approaches. If you or someone you know are suffering from these conditions, we encourage you to come in for a consultation and discover the transformative effects of what our physician-guided Botox® treatments can do for you.

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TMJ Botox Vancouver: Treatment Options for Masseters

At Sparrow MD, we offer different brands of neuromodulators approved by Health Canada

The masseter muscle, like the muscles in the calves and shoulders, are considered larger muscles. Our doctor would therefore typically choose Botox® and Dysport® for better diffusion and spread post-injection and better symptom relief for patients.

TMJ Botox Vancouver: Risks and Contraindications

Botox®, done by qualified medical professionals, will temporarily relaxes muscles for therapeutic as well as cosmetic use. Botox® is considered a safe and effective treatment that has been in use for over 25 years. Some potential side effects exist and include temporary bruising, discomfort, swelling, or redness at the injection site. Unintended side effects like asymmetry, crooked smile, mild facial drooping are possible but extremely rare. These effects are temporary when they occur and can be mitigated at your follow-up appointment should it occur. At Sparrow MD, we have highly trained physicians who have both the knowledge and experience to ensure you have the most optimal results, prioritising safety and efficacy.

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How long does Botox® last for the masseters and TMJ pain?

The effectiveness of TMJ Botox® may last up to 6 months. This is dependent on the strength of the masseter muscles, the oral masticatory habits or the individual, as well individual metabolism. Many of our patients come back for subsequent treatment around the 3 to 4 month mark. 

When can I expect to see results from Botox® in the masseters?

In the masseters and TMJ area, Botox® has an onset action of 1-2 weeks. The peak result is usually seen at 4 weeks, at which time you may be return to our clinic for a follow up appointment for a follow up to see if the tension and pain are adequately addressed.  

Will Botox® for TMJ help slim down my face?

Yes, Botox® has the added cosmetically benefit of slimming the face with the decrease in size of the masseter muscles. It usually follows the same injection pattern as facial slimming Botox® treatment. 

Does Botox® help with bruxism or teeth grinding?

Yes, while not permanent, Botox® will prevent clenching of the jaw, alleviating pain and discomfort. Read more about this in our blog update on this issue. 

Will TMJ Botox® affect my smile?

When done well-trained hands, injections of the TMJ joint and masseter muscles should not affect your smile, provided that proper post-procedure instructions are followed. In the rare occasion that it influences the smile, it should spontaneously resolve within a few weeks. 

Will TMJ Botox® affect my ability to chew?

In well-trained hands, TMJ or masseter Botox® should not affect your ability to chew, talk, or swallow. The dose of the Botox® and strength of the treatment is usually determined based on the clinical assessment at your appointment with us as well as a discussion between you and our physician about your previous history of TMJ Botox® treatments. This should guide our initial dosing regimen. Our doctors will generally start with a conservative dose and add more units at the time of your follow-up. This maximizes safety and decreases the possibility for any side effect from treatment.