18 November 2011

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking to pass approval for Botox to be used to treat jaw pain. Botox, which is already used extensively to minimise lines and wrinkles, and to a slightly lesser extent to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), could soon be used to treat jaw muscle disorders.According to research, 10 million people currently suffer with Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ, a condition which causes pain and inflammation of the chewing muscles. Botox is used as a muscle relaxant and experts believe this could be exactly what is needed for those people who clench their jaw or grind their teeth. Until Botox has been approved for use in this way by the FDA doctors are advising patients to eat soft foods, visit a dentist to be fitted with a lightweight mouth guard, and use hot and cold packs to reduce swelling and discomfort.