Treating Tuscaloosa Headaches with Botox®

added on: October 2, 2013

Treating Tuscaloosa Headaches with Botox®

“But isn’t Botox an anti-aging treatment?” That’s a great question. While Botox is most commonly used to treat lines and creases caused by overactive muscles, it is also very effective for the treatment of headaches caused by TMJ for exactly the same reasons it works on wrinkles.

How Botox Injections Work

When researchers discovered that injecting tiny amounts of Botox into overactive muscles could decrease muscle activity, significantly improve muscle tone, and reduce muscle contractions or spasms, they discovered more than a way to stop wrinkles caused by frowning and squinting: They discovered an innovative therapy to treat chronic pain.

Because Botox relaxes or paralyzes muscles, it can be a tremendous benefit to TMJ sufferers seeking treatment from Tuscaloosa TMJ Dentist, Dr. Paul Diaz. Why? When the muscles relax, Dr. Diaz’ comprehensive TMJ treatments become even more effective and the pain often stops completely!

The Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

The pain of TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, can be so distressing that it disrupts life. Because TMJ disorder sufferers usually wake every day with a headache or migraine, it can make even the simplest tasks like talking or driving difficult. And going to work or caring for a family? Sometimes those things feel insurmountable! That’s why Dr. Diaz is using the innovation of Botox injections in Tuscaloosa in addition to his advanced dental treatments for TMJ disorder to increase his patients’ levels of relief.


Some of TMJ disorder’s painful symptoms include:

  • Ÿ  Jaw pain

  • Ÿ  Headache and facial pain

  • Ÿ  Worn, chipped, breaking teeth

  • Ÿ  Flattened tooth surfaces

  • Ÿ  Exposure of tooth layers and loss of enamel

  • Ÿ  Earache from jaw muscle tension and contraction

  • Ÿ  A scalloped tongue or irregular tongue edges

  • Ÿ  Grinding or clenching of teeth

  • Ÿ  Damaged mouth tissue

  • Ÿ  Tooth sensitivity

If you are experiencing any of these painful and life-limiting symptoms, please call Dr. Diaz’ Tuscaloosa Dental office right away to see if our Botox injections in conjunction with our other TMJ treatments can help you find relief today.