When we hear the word “Botox” many of us think about the cosmetic benefits of wrinkle reduction and smoothing of unwanted fine lines. However, many patients who suffer from headache pain related to grinding their teeth, are experiencing relief from TMJ discomfort by having Botox injections into the temporalis and massetter muscles. With a few units of Botox carefully injected into each muscle, patients have experienced fewer headaches related to a clenching or grinding habit. This relief can last anywhere from 3-4 months.
Of course, there are cosmetic benefit to Botox injections. Reducing “crows feet”, that ever present “11” that can form between the eyes and horizontal lines along the forehead are easily controlled when a trained professional uses Botox.