I have heard that treatment resistant TMD resultant from chronic bruxing can be treated with botox injections into the masseter muscle. I am currently looking for a doctor who has experience with this form of treatment. I noticed that your site mentions that botox can be used for headaches and so I was wondering if the TMD treatment option would also available.
You are correct. Botox has been shown to help with patients who get head aches or TMJ problems (TMD) as a result of dental grinding. It usually takes higher doses than that used for cosmetic reasons in the forehead as the Masseter muscle is a large thick muscle. I have injected many patients’ Masseters for cosmetic and functional reasons. Some Asian patients get Botox injections to this area to reduce the width of the jaw and gain a more balanced look. If you would like to try this treatment, please call the office for an appointment at your convenience.