If you have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), finding relief is essential. Therapeutic Botox® is an excellent option and is available under the care of Sojin Kim, DMD, and the team at Aesthetic Smiles Dentistry in Shenandoah, Texas. If you’re ready to learn more about how you can get relief from TMJ, call the office or schedule a visit online.  

Q: What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a common condition that develops in the joints connecting your lower jaw to your skull. Also called TMD, this condition can cause uncomfortable and disruptive symptoms. 


Numerous things can cause TMJ, including:

  • Traumatic injury
  • Arthritis
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Connective tissue disease

Even habits like resting your chin in your hand or holding your phone between your shoulder and jaw can damage your temporomandibular joint over time.

Q: What are the symptoms of TMJ?

  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches
  • Pain in the front of your ears
  • Clicking or popping sounds when you open or close your mouth
  • Jaw that locks open or closed
  • Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing

If you notice these problems, schedule a diagnostic exam right away. Treating TMJ is easiest in the early stages before significant joint damage occurs. 

Q: How does Botox® treat TMJ?

You may be familiar with Botox® cosmetic applications, temporarily preventing treated muscles from going through their full range of motion. This is how Botox® injections smooth lines and wrinkles. 


In dental treatment, Botox® injections function the same way but target the muscles that support your temporomandibular joint. This reduces pain and tension and can even prevent your jaw from locking as a result of TMJ.

Q: What happens during TMJ Botox® treatments?

Getting Botox® to treat TMJ takes very little time. The injections themselves are placed in just a few moments. You might feel a slight pinch as the needle enters your skin, but there is no significant discomfort. 

It takes 24-48 hours for the full results to develop. You can expect those results to last several months. In some cases, this timing allows the body to perform its natural healing function, repairing damaged joint components that cause pain and other symptoms. 


You can also choose to come back in for another round of Botox® injections. Just let your dentist know how your previous treatment met your needs, as adjustments can be made to tweak your results during the next round of injections.