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Time to Talk TMJ

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November brings TMJ Awareness Month and a special offer on Botox services that can help ease the pain

If you Google TMJ awareness, you’ll find that lots of dental practices “celebrate” it (or at least talk about it more than usual) in November. The national designation is a handy reminder that TMJ, or temporomandibular joints (the joints on each side of the jaw) and disorders/dysfunction related to them, can affect (or reflect) dental and overall health. TMJ dysfunction can be quite painful, and it’s worth understanding a little more deeply.

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Symptoms of TMJ disorder or dysfunction can include muscle pain and tenderness, headaches, TMJ stiffness, jaw popping or clicking, and even earaches. It can be temporary or sporadic.

Identify a TMJ Disorder or Dysfunction

Symptoms of TMJ disorder or dysfunction can include muscle pain and tenderness, headaches, TMJ stiffness, jaw popping or clicking, and even earaches. It can be temporary or sporadic. It’s not always easy to know the exact cause, and similar symptoms can align with other issues like arthritis, migraines, or sinus issues. TMJ pain can also be related to or accompanied by grinding or clenching teeth (bruxism). That means that sometimes, it can even be related to stress.

Combat the Pain

As dentists, we want to identify specific problems and apply specific solutions. Not everything is that clear-cut. With TMJ, there are a number of potential treatments, from an ice pack to physical therapy and even surgery. But there are some specific ways we as dentists can help. 

If your TMJ dysfunction is related to teeth grinding, you may find that a nightguard can help, but in many cases, the guard protects your teeth while the strain on your jaw persists. Another treatment that can help is actually Botox.

Treat With Botox

Not only do our dentists diagnose TMJ for patients, but we also offer treatment on a limited basis with nightguards, and now Botox. You might be surprised to learn that Botox, an FDA-approved botulinum toxin injected into your muscles to relax them by blocking the transmission of the nerve signal to the muscles, can help alleviate jaw pain and headaches related to TMJ dysfunction. 

After recently adding Botox services to our practice, we’re very excited to share that we’re offering a special discount on Botox services through the end of the year. We’re offering a special price of $400 (normally $450) for TMJ pain, and $10/unit (normally $15/unit) for other Botox services. To learn more, call for a consultation or appointment with Dr. Saba Sheikh. 

Whether you’re interested in Botox or not, we encourage you to talk to us about any pain or discomfort you may be having in your jaw. We want to be sure to assess the situation and find the right treatment for you, whether it’s something we do, you do, or another alternative. 

We hope you know you can contact us anytime with your questions and concerns. We’d be happy to discuss them with you on the phone or at your next appointment. 

To schedule your visit now, complete our contact form, or call our office at 815-886-0875.

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