BOTOX Injections

BOTOX injections are a non-surgical option for orofacial pain and some TMJ symptoms. This minimally invasive procedure involves injecting BOTOX to relax overactive muscles in the jaw and face for relief from pain and discomfort.

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How BOTOX injections help

BOTOX for TMJ in San Francisco with our team works by temporarily paralyzing the targeted muscles, preventing them from contracting excessively. This relaxation not only eases pain but also reduces muscle tension responsible for many TMJ-related issues. The procedure is quick, virtually painless, and requires no downtime, making it a convenient and effective solution for orofacial pain.

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Symptoms of Orofacial Pain

TMJ Symptoms can appear in a variety of ways, with symptoms ranging from mild discomfort to severe pain. Recognizing these symptoms is essential for timely diagnosis and treatment. Some symptoms can be alleviated with BOTOX injections, including:

Jaw pain

TMJ often presents as persistent jaw pain. This pain can vary in intensity, from a dull ache to sharp, throbbing discomfort. It may be localized to the jaw joint or radiate to other face and neck areas.

Popping or clicking

Many individuals with TMJ experience a popping or clicking sensation in the jaw when they chew, talk, or open their mouths wide.

Limited jaw movement

TMJ can lead to a condition known as "lockjaw," where the jaw's movement is restricted. This limitation can make it challenging to open or close the mouth fully, impacting one's ability to eat and speak comfortably.

Facial swelling

Some TMJ sufferers may notice swelling or puffiness in the face, particularly around the jaw area. This swelling can contribute to facial discomfort and a feeling of facial fullness.

Neck and shoulder pain

TMJ-related pain doesn't always stay confined to the jaw. It frequently radiates to the neck and shoulders, causing muscle tension and discomfort in these areas.


Frequent headaches or migraines can be a result of TMJ. The tension and muscle strain associated with TMJ can trigger these painful episodes.


TMJ can lead to referred pain in the teeth, making it seem like you have a toothache even when your teeth are healthy. This can be confusing for individuals seeking relief from dental professionals. We always check your teeth to make sure your teeth aren’t also contributing to your pain and rule out dental problems during our evaluation.

Earaches and ringing in the ears

The TMJ is only a few millimeters from your ear canal. When you have inflammation in your joints, it often extends to the ears, causing earaches, a sensation of fullness, and ringing in the ears (tinnitus). These ear-related symptoms are particularly distressing.


The effects of BOTOX injections can vary from patient to patient but typically last around three to four months. You may experience relief from orofacial pain for this duration, after which you can consider follow-up injections to maintain the results.


One of the advantages of BOTOX injections is that there is virtually no recovery time required. You can resume your regular activities immediately after the procedure. Some patients may experience minor bruising or swelling at the injection sites, but these effects are usually temporary and mild.

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Why choose us?

We offer a unique and patient-centered approach to orofacial pain management at the San Francisco Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea. Our experienced team specializes in orofacial pain treatments. We have years of training and experience with BOTOX injections for TMJ treatment. Our expertise and technical abilities minimize risk and support better outcomes. We prioritize your well-being and comfort, tailoring treatment plans to the individual. When you choose us for BOTOX injections, you select a team dedicated to improving your overall health and quality of life. Contact us today to explore how BOTOX can alleviate your orofacial pain and experience the difference in patient-focused care.

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BOTOX Injections for TMJ FAQ

What are the benefits of using Botox for TMJ over other treatments?

How long does it take for Botox injections to alleviate TMJ symptoms?

How frequently are Botox injections needed for TMJ treatment?

Can Botox injections completely cure TMJ?

What are the benefits of using Botox for TMJ over other treatments?

Using Botox for TMJ offers benefits such as targeted muscle relaxation, reducing jaw tension and pain. Unlike some treatments, Botox injections are minimally invasive and typically provide long-lasting relief with minimal downtime.

How long does it take for Botox injections to alleviate TMJ symptoms?

It usually takes about 1-2 weeks for Botox injections to start alleviating TMJ symptoms, with full effects typically seen within 4 weeks. However, individual response times may vary.

How frequently are Botox injections needed for TMJ treatment?

Botox injections for TMJ treatment typically last for about 3-4 months. Therefore, injections are often needed on a quarterly basis to maintain symptom relief and optimal results.

Can Botox injections completely cure TMJ?

Botox injections can effectively alleviate TMJ symptoms, but they typically do not provide a complete cure. While they can provide significant relief from pain and muscle tension, other treatment modalities or lifestyle modifications may also be necessary for comprehensive management of TMJ disorders.

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