The TMJ Association has been asked by Dr. Karen Raphael, professor and clinical research scientist at New York University College of Dentistry, to help in setting the stage for a major study of the risks and benefits of Botox injections in the masticatory muscles (your chewing muscles). Dr. Susan Herring, professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, conducted an animal study, which we reported on in August 2011. To date, no human research addressing this issue has been conducted. The safety and efficacy of Botox for TMD treatment is still unknown. For her study of the effects on humans, Dr. Raphael hopes to identify a large group of women suffering with Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) who have had recent Botox injections in their masticatory muscles and a similar group of women with TMD who have not had these injections.
Click here to participate in this online survey (This survey has ended). Your input will provide Dr. Raphael's research group with important information about the experiences and characteristics of women who have or have not had Botox injections for TMD. Some of those participating in the survey will also be invited to participate in a national study. The national study will evaluate changes in the size, shape and quality of the temporomandibular joint following Botox injections using special radiological imaging techniques. Completion of the survey will not obligate you to participate in the national study.