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How Botox® Helps Relieve TMJ Disorders

Woman holding her jaw in pain

When you think of the term “Botox®,” what comes to mind?

You probably think of the cosmetic treatment used to smooth out facial wrinkles.

While that’s correct, you should know: the treatment can do more than just rejuvenate your skin.

Did you know Botox can be used to help treat TMJ disorders (TMD)?

In this blog, we’ll tell you how the Botox treatment works, what to expect, and more!

Keep reading to find out.

How does Botox relieve TMJ pain?

Botox treatment for TMD is a non-surgical procedure your dentist can perform right in our office!

The dentist injects Botox into your affected facial muscles to help them relax and to ease your jaw pain and tension.

The Botox injections usually eliminate or reduce other TMD-related symptoms, such as:

  • Headaches
  • Lockjaw
  • Involuntary jaw contractions

Who is a good candidate for Botox for TMJ?

Botox for TMJ may be a great option if you haven’t found relief with other treatment methods.

At a consultation, your dentist can help determine what the best option is for you.

How effective is Botox for TMJ?

It can be extremely effective!

In 2012, a study… This text opens a new tab to the PubMed website… was conducted with 26 patients suffering from chronic TMJ pain. It was reported that Botox injections significantly reduced pain and increased mouth movements for three months after the treatment.

A majority of the patients felt less muscle tenderness.


One patient stated that his psychological state had improved.

So Botox can improve your condition AND overall quality of life!

How many units of Botox are used to treat TMJ?

This varies from patient to patient, as it depends on the severity of your case.

Typically, 20 to 50 units are injected on either side of your face at the first appointment.

Then during a follow-up visit, your dentist will ask you how much relief you felt.

If necessary, we can increase the number of units used during your following Botox session.

You’ll likely have at least three injection sessions over the next several months. The treatment sessions typically take 10-30 minutes.

How much is Botox for TMJ?

The cost will vary depending on a variety of factors, including:

  • Your region
  • The specific dental practice
  • How many units are used in your treatment

According to the national average… This text opens a new tab to plasticsurgery.org …, Botox usually costs $15 per unit, which amounts to about  $300 – $600 per treatment session.

Will insurance cover Botox for TMJ?

Many insurance companies won’t cover this treatment.


Because TMJ disorders can potentially cause damage to your teeth and gums and serious health issues, there’s a chance your insurance could cover a portion of the cost.

How long does Botox last for TMJ?

The effects of the Botox injection treatments can last between three to five months, although some patients notice the positive effects last longer.

Additionally, you may choose to get Botox every few months to maintain your reduced TMJ discomfort.

Who does Botox for TMJ?

Your friendly Indianapolis dentist at Keystone Dentistry offers Botox treatment for TMJ!

Dr. Wayne Kinney has been voted as one of the “Top Dentists” by his peers nine times, and he’s had advanced training in delivering Botox.

Let us help you get out of pain.

Schedule a consultation today to see if Botox is right for you.

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Keystone Dentistry is located in Indianapolis, IN,… This text opens a new tab to our Google listing … and proudly serves surrounding communities, including Carmel.

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