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Botox for TMJ - Long Island City, NY

Need TMJ Botox in Long Island City?

Our dentists at 1311 Jackson Ave Dental, provide TMJ botox injections to treat temporomandibular joint pain with myofascial dysfunction.

We offer BOTOX (Onabotulinumtoxin A) by Allergan, which is a highly potent neurotoxin which temporarily reduces overactive TMJ muscle activity (masseter & temporalis) to relieve jaw pain.

Signs you may benefit from botox tmj injections

Those who suffer from chronic temporomandibular joint jaw pain already know what it feels like. However, if this is your first time the pain is often mistaken as tooth pain. Below are some symptoms of when you may be afflicted by this condition.

Signs & symptoms

  • Sore/tender jaw

  • Pain feels worse in the morning

  • Toothache but there's nothing wrong with the teeth.

  • Jaw clicking/popping

  • Tenderness/tiredness when eating

  • Teeth clenching

  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)

What to expect

Expect to spend about 30-45 minutes for the TMJ botox treatment in Long Island City with our dentists.


  • Pain reduction

  • Better sleep

  • Jawline slimming effect

Procedure Steps: 45 minutes

Our patients often tell us that the botox injections do not hurt or they hurt a lot less than dental injections for fillings. Regardless, if you do feel something it would be just a tiny little pinch at most.​

  1. Identify the masseter and/or temporalis muscle injection sites.

  2. We may mark the areas with a facial marker.

  3. Reconstitute the Botox with sodium chloride.

  4. Inject into the TMJ muscles.

Caution: Please do not rub your face for the rest of the day (minimum 3-4 hours).


Unfortunately, botox for TMJ is not covered by dental insurance. Aside from night guard coverage, most of the insurances have very little benefits for TMJ treatments in general.


In other words, if you elect to have this procedure done it will be an out of pocket expense. Please give us a call to find out what our current pricing is.


What to expect afterwards

The injection sites for tmj botox may look a little red and swollen. There may be tiny specks of blood from where the needle punctures the skin. All of these signs/symptoms should self-resolve over the next few hours. The most important thing to remember is to not rub/touch your face for the rest of the day or at least 3-4 hours afterwards.

When it starts working

On average, it takes about 1 week for most patients to begin feeling the effects of the botox for TMJ. However a lot of our patients often do begin to notice a difference after as little as 2-3 days but this is highly individualistic.

How long does it last

Typically, the botox effect will gradually increase and peak after about 4 weeks. After that the effects will begin to decrease/fade over the next few months. Most patients can expect it to last about 3-6 months depending on the individual. Each person is different and the mileage will vary. If yours have worn off, you can simply book another appointment to have it done again.

Book your TMJ Botox

If you think you could benefit from getting botox for your TMJ, you should schedule a consultation with one of our dentists in Long Island City. You may self schedule online or call our dental office and our receptionist will help you.

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