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It's essential to consult with a qualified healthcare provider for personalized advice based on your specific medical history and condition, yet here are some factors that might indicate you shouldn't get Botox for TMJ:

Pregnancy or Breastfeeding:

Botox's safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been well established. It's generally recommended to avoid Botox treatments during these periods due to potential risks to the developing fetus or infant.

Allergies or Sensitivity to Botox:

If you have a known allergy or sensitivity to botulinum toxin or any components of the Botox injection, you should not receive Botox treatment.

Neuromuscular Disorders:

Certain neuromuscular disorders, such as myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome could be a contraindication for Botox treatment, as it might interact with these conditions and worsen muscle weakness.

Infection at Injection Site:

If you have an active infection, inflammation, or skin condition at the intended injection site, it's generally recommended to wait until the area has healed before receiving Botox. 

Bleeding Disorders or Medications:

If you have a bleeding disorder or are taking blood-thinning medications, Botox injections could increase the risk of bleeding and bruising at the injection site.

 Previous Adverse Reactions to Botox:

If you've had adverse reactions to Botox in the past, such as severe side effects or complications, your healthcare provider might recommend against further Botox treatments.

Certain Medications:

Some medications can interact with Botox or increase the risk of adverse effects. It's crucial to provide your healthcare provider with a complete list of medications you are taking. 

Unrealistic Expectations:

If you have unrealistic expectations about the outcomes of Botox treatment, it might not be the right option for you. Botox can help alleviate symptoms, but it might not completely eliminate them.

Severe TMJ Structural Issues:

If your TMJ issues are primarily caused by severe structural abnormalities or problems with the joint itself, that are not related to muscles, Botox might not be as effective. In such cases, surgical or other more specialized treatments might be more appropriate.

Always consult a healthcare professional who specializes in TMJ disorders to determine whether Botox is suitable for your specific situation. They can evaluate your medical history, current health status, and symptoms to provide personalized advice on the most appropriate treatment options for you.


Maria Cardenas DMD:
TMJ Treatment in Greater Boston

Here at Maria Cardenas DMD, we always want to be as transparent as possible with our patients and make sure you have all the information before starting any type of treatment.

Our goal is to provide our patients with the best oral health care and education while building lasting relationships. We believe in getting to know the person behind the smile. You’ll be sure to enjoy a first-class experience whether it’s your first or fiftieth visit at our boutique dental practice.

In addition to offering TMJ treatment in Wellesley, Maria Cardenas DMD is proud to offer a wide variety of cosmetic, restorative, and general dental services. From dental hygiene to veneers and more, we are here to help with all your dental needs!

For more information about TMJ treatment in Greater Boston or to get scheduled at our Wellesley dental clinic, please feel free to call or text us at 781-235-1900. After hours, you can also fill out our contact form and we will reach out to you as soon as we are back in the office.