Could Botox be helpful for TMJ?

I'm aware that I'd still have to arrange for the financing but if I learned that Botox treatments could alleviate the constant discomfort and pain of TMJ, I'd be over the moon and would find a way to pay for it! I wonder if insurance could cover that in any way? I think my dental insurance provided some coverage for my very expensive mouth guard and it actually may have exacerbated my grinding and my TMJ. I'm serious. This would be very welcome and encouraging news.


F, 36, Pennsylvania

I have used Botox to treat TMJ with mostly success.  If the pain is mostly from grinding or muscle spasm - It seems to work.  If the TMJ has significant degenerative arthritis then decreasing the muscle tone may help little, but not relieve most symptoms.

Ken Oleszek, MD

La Fontaine Aesthetics

Denver, Colorado


I have treated several patients in my practice for TMJ using Botox and they all have found relief through this treatment.   Check with your insurance company to see if they will cover any part of this treatment.  Good luck.