How Can BOTOX® Injections Aid TMJ Pain?

By: Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia


The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is responsible for jaw movement and plays an important role in how we speak and eat. However, you may experience discomfort if the TMJ is stiff or overworked. BOTOX injections at Infinite Health Zone may provide relief when methods like anti-inflammatory medications are not working.

Board-certified anesthesiologist Dr. Neetu Ahluwalia (Dr. A.) can explain how BOTOX works during a pain assessment in San Francisco, CA. Call now to schedule an appointment and learn about the benefits of BOTOX for TMJ pain.

What is the TMJ?

The TMJ is located in front of the ear, where the lower jawbone meets the temporal bone in the skull. This joint is unique because it allows your jaw to move in several directions, including opening and closing, as well as side-to-side motions. It is responsible for chewing, talking, and even yawning – activities we all take for granted sometimes.

However, the TMJ can experience issues due to normal wear and tear, trauma, or even overuse. If you find yourself clenching your jaw during stressful situations or grinding your teeth at night, you may be putting extra strain on this joint. Jaw soreness, stiffness, pain, and headaches occur as a result.

How does BOTOX help?

BOTOX is a neuromodulator that blocks the nerves from sending signals to the muscles. So, when the muscles around the TMJ are injected with BOTOX, they become less active, and the tension in the joint is relieved. Dr. A. is an experienced injector and understands how to use BOTOX safely and effectively for TMJ pain.

What are the benefits of BOTOX?

Some over-the-counter medications can manage jaw pain, but they are not always the best option. Anti-inflammatory drugs come with unwanted side effects and do not address the underlying issues. BOTOX is a safe, minimally invasive solution that can target muscle stiffness and tension at the source.

BOTOX injections are fast and easy – our procedure in San Francisco, CA often takes less than 15 minutes, and you can return to normal activities afterward. And unlike oral medications, there is no need to worry about adverse reactions. Any minor discomfort you experience that day should soon subside.

What is treatment like with BOTOX?

When you come to Infinite Health Zone for your appointment, Dr. A. will perform a quick exam and discuss your symptoms. Our goal is to determine the underlying cause of your jaw pain and make sure BOTOX is the best solution. We then administer small doses of the medication around the affected areas. Results are seen within a few short days.

Are BOTOX injections permanent?

BOTOX is not considered permanent but can provide long-lasting relief from pain and stiffness of the TMJ. The effects of BOTOX may start to fade after 3 – 6 months, so you may need to come back for repeat injections to maintain your outcomes. Dr. A. can help you determine how often you should come in for treatment.

Ask about BOTOX for TMJ pain

Jaw pain and stiffness can interfere with your life, and you do not have to suffer in silence. Call Infinite Health Zone for a TMJ assessment and learn about BOTOX. Board-certified anesthesiologist Dr. A. is proud to have helped countless people in San Francisco, CA improve their quality of life through advanced treatments and solutions.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.