How Many Units of Botox for TMJ Teeth Grinding?

By Pinch Med Spa Staff

October 11, 2023

TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders and teeth grinding can cause significant discomfort and dental issues. Botox for TMJ is an effective treatment for alleviating these conditions. In this post, we'll discuss the typical number of units needed for treating TMJ and teeth grinding and provide an overview of the treatment process.

What Are TMJ Disorders and Teeth Grinding?

TMJ disorders involve pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles, often leading to teeth grinding (bruxism). These conditions can result in jaw pain, headaches, and worn-down teeth. For more information, read our guide to Botox for TMJ.

How Botox for TMJ and Teeth Grinding Works

Botox works by relaxing the jaw muscles, reducing the tension and activity that cause TMJ pain and teeth grinding. When injected into the affected muscles, Botox helps alleviate the symptoms and improve jaw function.

Recommended Units of Botox for TMJ and Teeth Grinding

For treating TMJ and teeth grinding, the recommended amount of Botox typically ranges from 30 to 40 units per side. The exact number of units needed can vary based on individual needs and the severity of the condition.

What About Xeomin Units for TMJ and Teeth Grinding?

Both Botox® and Xeomin® can effectively treat TMJ disorders and teeth grinding, utilizing botulinum toxin type A. At Pinch, we often use Xeomin for its purity and effectiveness. The unit requirements for Botox and Xeomin are generally similar.

Factors Influencing the Number of Units

  • Severity of Symptoms: More severe TMJ pain and teeth grinding may require more units.
  • Muscle Size and Activity: Larger or more active jaw muscles might need additional units.
  • Individual Response: Each person’s response to Botox or Xeomin can influence the required dosage.

What to Expect During Your Treatment

TMJ Consultation

Your treatment will begin with a consultation with a skilled medical professional, such as a nurse practitioner, who will assess your TMJ condition and determine the appropriate number of units needed for your treatment.

The TMJ Tox Injection Process

The injection process for treating TMJ and teeth grinding is straightforward and involves minimal discomfort. A fine needle is used to inject Botox into the jaw muscles. The procedure typically takes only a few minutes.

Post-Treatment Care For TMJ

After the treatment, you may experience mild side effects such as redness, swelling, or bruising around the injection sites. These effects are usually short-lived. Following the aftercare instructions provided by your practitioner is crucial for the best results.

Results and Longevity

When to Expect Results

You can expect to see improvements in TMJ symptoms and teeth grinding within 1 to 2 weeks after your Botox treatment. Full effects are typically visible after about 4 weeks.

How Long Do TMJ Tox Results Last?

The effects of Botox for TMJ and teeth grinding typically last between 3 to 4 months. Regular follow-up treatments will help maintain the results.

Cost of Botox or Xeomin for TMJ and Teeth Grinding

The cost of Botox or Xeomin for treating TMJ and teeth grinding depends on the number of units and the provider’s rates. Generally, Botox and Xeomin cost between $12 to $15 per unit. Here’s a cost breakdown based on the recommended units:

  • Cost for 30 units per side: $360 to $450 per side
  • Cost for 40 units per side: $480 to $600 per side

Factors Affecting Cost

  • Provider's Expertise: Highly experienced practitioners may charge more.
  • Geographic Location: Treatment costs can vary based on the region.
  • Botox vs. Xeomin: Brand name recognition can influence the cost.

Is Botox for TMJ and Teeth Grinding Right for You?

Botox is an FDA-approved treatment suitable for most individuals looking to relieve TMJ pain and reduce teeth grinding. A detailed consultation with a qualified provider will help determine if it’s the right option for you, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are on certain medications.

Next Steps

If TMJ pain and teeth grinding are affecting your quality of life, Tox offers a quick and effective solution. With the typical requirement of 30 to 40 units per side, the treatment is efficient with minimal downtime. For a convenient and professional at-home experience, consider booking with Pinch. Our nurse practitioners will visit your home, ensuring you receive the best care in a comfortable setting.

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