Botox for TMJ in Lake Grove & Lake Oswego OR
High Quality Care with Evidence-Based Treatments
Our team at Geisler OMS employs evidence-based treatments while keeping up to date on best practices to ensure your results are excellent in every way. Board-certified oral surgeon Dr. Geisler has extensive experience in using Botox to treat thousands of patients with TMJ. She has undergone highly intensive and specialized training in facial injections which ensures positive outcomes and patient experiences.
What is Botox for TMJ?
Botox (Botulinum Toxin A) is a biologic toxin that surgeons often use to help muscles relax and pain subside. For patients who suffer from temporomandibular joint disorders, also referred to as TMJ, Botox can be injected into overactive muscle groups that are contracting in a way that causes discomfort. Studies have shown Botox to aid in significantly reducing TMJ muscle and joint pain and dysfunction.
Who is a candidate for Botox for TMJ?
If you have experienced one of more of the following and have been diagnosed with TMJ, you may be a candidate for Botox.
- Dislocation, displacement, or erosion of disks in your jaw
- Teeth grinding and clenching
- Trauma to your jaw
- Tension from stress in the jaw and facial muscles
- Damaged cartilage from arthritis
Can Botox change the shape of a face?
Botox can create a subtle change in your face, such as making it appear more oval along the posterior jaw, reducing a square jawline. This is a welcome change for many of our patients who desire a diminished squareness that softens the appearance of their jaw.
Can Botox make TMJ worse?
No! There is the potential for underdosing which means your TMJ symptoms would only be reduced minimally or for a shorter amount of time than desired. But Dr. Geisler is highly trained in administering Botox injections, and since her expertise are in the jaw and facial region, her skills surpass most general physicians. She has a proven record of excellent Botox injection outcomes.
Is Botox for TMJ FDA approved?
Although not yet FDA approved for TMJ injections, Botox remains one of the most popular and successful minimally invasive cosmetic treatments in the United States.
What are the injection sites Botox for TMJ?
Dr. Geisler injects Botox for TMJ into the masseter muscle along the posterior jawline in a targeted fashion. She uses your anatomy and symptoms as a guide, injecting Botox to target your specific needs.
Is TMJ disorder fatal?
No! TJM can be so debilitating that you may feel like you’re going to die, but you will not. Headaches, jaw pain, an inability to chew food comfortably and quietly, and damaged teeth due to grinding are serious symptoms, but none are life-threatening.
What is the cost of Botox for TMJ injections?
The best way to get an accurate estimate of the cost of Botox for TMJ is to come in for a consultation. We tailor your treatments according to your needs and goals, so a complete examination of your symptoms is needed first.
We charge by the unit dosage of Botox, and we typically inject dosages of 16-35 units of Botox in each side of the face. Dosages range from $350-$800, depending on the treatment. When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Geisler will assess your muscle strength and size, joint conditions, symptoms, and medical history.
Does insurance cover TMJ injections?
Dental and medical insurance do not normally cover TMJ Botox injections, but we encourage you to check with your insurance provider because each company is different with its own set of policies. If you discover that your insurance company would cover all or part of your treatment, our staff would be happy to help you with submitting the right paperwork.
Our caring & dedicated staff want to help you get the best oral care. Call today if you have any questions or concerns.503-534-0114