Woman suffering TMJ pain on a foggy day

Talking TMJ Awareness

Woman suffering TMJ pain on a foggy day

TMJ Awareness Month and an offer on Botox services to help ease the pain this November

Each November, many dental practices highlight TMJ awareness. The national designation is an annual reminder that TMJ, or temporomandibular joints (the joints on each side of the jaw) and disorders/dysfunction related to them, can affect your dental and overall health.

TMJ dysfunction can be quite painful, and it’s worth understanding a little more deeply.

How to Identify a TMJ Disorder or Dysfunction

TMJ disorder illustration showing the location of temporomandibular joints and surrounding bones and tissue
TMJ disorder illustration showing the location of temporomandibular joints and surrounding bones and tissue.

Symptoms of TMJ disorder or dysfunction include muscle pain and tenderness, headaches, TMJ stiffness, jaw popping or clicking, and even earaches. They can be temporary or sporadic. It’s not always easy to know the exact cause, and similar symptoms can align with other conditions 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.  

What You Can Do

There are a number of potential treatments for TMJ dysfunction, from an ice pack to physical therapy and even surgery. If your pain is related to teeth grinding, you may find relief with a nightguard. However, in many cases, the nightguard protects your teeth while the strain on your jaw persists.

But there are some ways dentists can help, too. One way is with Botox treatments.

How We Can Help 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. It may surprise you to learn that Botox can help alleviate jaw pain and headaches related to TMJ dysfunction. Botox is an FDA-approved botulinum toxin. It’s injected into muscles to relax them by blocking the transmission of the nerve signal to the muscles.

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. Receive a special price of $400 (normally $450) for TMJ pain and $10 per unit (normally $15 per unit) for other Botox services. To learn more, call us at (708) 448-7588 to schedule 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 jaw pain or discomfort you may be experiencing. We want to assess the situation and find the right treatment for you, whether it’s something we do, you do, or another alternative. 

Contact us anytime with your questions and concerns. We’d be happy to discuss them with you by phone or at your next appointment. 

To schedule your visit now, complete our contact form, or call our office at (708) 448-­7588.

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Talking TMJ Awareness was last modified: November 1st, 2021 by Palos Heights Family Dental