It can become a major distraction when every time you open or close your mouth you hear a clicking sound or feel your jaw adjusting. This is a common finding but when there is pain or difficulty opening the mouth it is called TMJ/TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder. This condition, which affects about 15 percent of Americans according to the American Dental Association. Find out the various signs of this disorder and relax knowing that treatment options are available at Dr. Steven Syrop’s dentist office in New York, NY.
What Is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ or TMD is a disorder that affects the jaw joints or the muscles attached to the jaws. It can become very painful. It can be caused by an injury, bruxism (grinding or clenching the teeth too much), or a predisposition to arthritic conditions. In some cases, patients experience a locked jaw, where they can’t open or close their mouths.
Signs of TMJ/TMD
Your New York dentist can definitively diagnose whether your jaw problem is related to TMJ. Here are some signs that should prompt you to visit Dr. Syrop's office for a consultation:
- Clicking and popping sounds when you’re chewing your food or talking.
- Resistance when trying to open your mouth wide.
- Pain in the cheeks or in front of the ears (where the upper and lower jaw meet).
- Headaches especially in the morning upon wakening.
The best treatment for TMJ disorder will depend on the extent of your symptoms and other factors. Here are a few possible treatment options:
- Ice therapy to reduce swelling or heat therapy for pain relief.
- Mouthguards (particularly worn at night) to prevent tooth grinding.
- Jaw exercises.
- Muscle relaxants or anti-inflammatory medications.
- Botox to relax facial muscles and reduce pain
No More Jaw Pain and Discomfort
If you’re tired of having pain when you eat or talk, and you want relief from TMJ/TMD. Call (212) 969-9166 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Steven Syrop at his office in New York, NY or in his Westchester NY office in Briarcliff Manor.
Experience jaw pain relief with help from Botox treatment.
Has our Manhattan and Westchester, dentist Dr. Steven Syrop told you that your jaw pain is due to TMJ disorder? Do you grind your teeth or clench your jaw? If so, you may be wondering how to alleviate your discomfort and other related symptoms such as tension headaches. While most people think that Botox is only designed to smooth away wrinkles, this simple injectable can actually treat a variety of non-cosmetic conditions. In fact, Botox could be exactly what you need to alleviate jaw tension.
What is TMJ disorder?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, and TMJ disorder refers to the jaw joint and the muscles attached to the jaw. Often times the jaw joints and jaw muscles are overworked or displaced, which can lead to jaw pain and stiffness, as well as limited range of motion and headaches.
While some people may turn to pain relievers to temporarily alleviate their discomfort, if you are looking for a non-surgical way to treat your jaw tension and pain then Botox may be right for you.
How does Botox alleviate jaw pain?
Botox is a medical-grade, purified form of botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin that temporarily reduces muscle contractions. As you might imagine, when these injections are administered into certain areas of the face it can reduce tension, stiffness and pain from overworked and stressed jaw muscles.
What is the Botox procedure like?
Getting Botox treatment is fast and simple. The length of your treatment will depend on how many Botox injections you will receive. This is something that we will discuss with you during your consultation. Botox treatment can take anywhere from 10 minutes to 30 minutes to complete.
Will Botox hurt?
Botox only causes a very slight burning or stinging sensation when administered and the discomfort is brief. As we mentioned above, patients who are a little nervous about getting injections or have a low pain tolerance may ask for a topical anesthesia or an ice pack to apply to the treatment area prior to getting Botox.
When will I notice results?
You should notice tension-reducing effects after your first botox session, however it will take 2 to 3 days to see the first signs of the treatment. You will continue to see improvements for several weeks. The effects of Botox can last between 3 and 6 months.
If you are dealing with jaw or facial pain due to TMJ disorder or teeth grinding, then our Manhattan and Westchester dental offices can help you get the relief you need. Find out if Botox treatment for TMJ and facial pain is right for you.
Is stress causing your headaches, or is it something else? All you know is that you're in pain and want relief. Steven Syrop DDS is your Facial Pain/Headache specialist in Manhattan and Westchester, NY, and he can uncover the reasons for your oral and facial pain and help you find relief!
In general, there are three kinds of headaches suffered by children and adults alike: sinus headaches, migraines, and tension headaches. Also, many people—about 10 million in the US according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research—have TMJ/TMD. This jaw joint disorder is famous for dental, facial, and headache pain.
At Dr. Syrop's office, the professional staff sees numerous people who cannot get to the root of their headaches. Perhaps they have seen doctor after doctor and tried medication after medication to no avail. When they come to see Dr. Syrop, they experience the listening ear, compassion, and skill they need to feel better and get back to their lives.
How to find relief
When you see Dr. Syrop, be sure to describe your headache symptoms as fully as possible, including details on their location, intensity, and any possible triggers that cause them. This Manhattan and Westchester headaches specialist will examine your jaw muscles and jaw joint, explore how your jaw operates, and order imaging as needed.
Following the consultation, Dr. Syrop will comprise a care plan to prevent your headache symptoms and to treat them if they do occur. Depending on your particular issue, your plan may include:
- Relaxation and stress-reduction techniques
- BOTOX injections to limit the movement of muscles controlling jaw movement
- Over-the-counter analgesics such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
- Prescription muscle relaxants and other medications.
- Oral appliance therapy (acrylic devices customized to reduce teeth clenching and TMJ/TMD)
- Jaw stretching exercises and other physical therapies
- Keeping a diary of symptoms and triggers (lack of sleep, too much or too little caffeine, physical activity)
- Getting aerobic exercise (e.g. walking or swimming) at least twice a week
Live the life you want
You don't have to let persistent headache pain rule over your daily activities. Dr. Steven Syrop and his team help scores of people just like you feel good and function at their best! For a headache consultation, please contact one of our offices in either Manhattan or Briarcliff Manor at (212) 969-9166.
Botox is one of today's most popular aesthetic treatments, commonly used to reduce the fine lines and wrinkles associated with aging. But, did you know that this injectable medication has dental and medical applications, too? Dr. Steven Syrop uses Botox in his Manhattan and Westchester dental practices to help relieve the pain and discomfort of headaches, jaw joint issues, and teeth clenching. Learn more about this innovative, safe, and effective medication by reading below!
What is Botox?
Botox is a super-purified form of a protein which blocks the neurotransmitters responsible for muscle movements in the face and jaw. Frequently used by dermatologists to limit the contraction of selected facial muscles and reduce wrinkles associated with aging, Botox injections have become increasingly popular since the Food and Drug Administration approved their use in the 1990s.
Administered with a fine needle, the Botox medication lasts for a few months, has no appreciable side effects (other than some localized tenderness and swelling) and causes no lengthy downtime. Dr. Syrop qualifies his patients for Botox use in his Manhattan and Westchester offices and has great success in controlling dental-related orofacial pain and dysfunction.
Help through Botox
Dental professionals across the country are advocating for wider use of Botox injectables to help patients with bruxism (teeth clenching), TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction), headaches, and more. Often, it is an effective adjunct to more familiar treatments such as mouth guards and physical therapy.
If Dr. Syrop determines that Botox could help you with one of the aforementioned conditions, expect a comfortable series of injections administered with a very fine needle. Patients describe a pinprick sensation and some tenderness afterwards.
Though simple to administer, the therapeutic effects of Botox can be tremendous, relaxing extra-tense muscles and relieving stubborn pain. The in-office treatment is brief, and you know it's safe because Dr. Syrop reviews your medical history beforehand. Treatment lasts several months and may be repeated as needed.
Relief at last
Learn more about the therapeutic uses of Botox injectables. Call Dr. Syrop's dedicated staff at (212) 969-9166 for a consultation, and get your questions answered fully!
If you have issues while you sleep such as snoring and sleep apnea, you may benefit from an oral appliance prescribed by your dentist. However, you may not even know you have these issues in the first place. Luckily, your dentist can help you understand your sleep problems, get to the bottom of their causes, and find the relief you want with an oral appliance. Find out more about oral appliances and how they can benefit you with Dr. Steven Syrop at locations in Westchester and Manhattan, NY.
What is an oral appliance?
An oral appliance is worn in the mouth during sleep and slightly shifts the jaw forward. These appliances treat snoring and sleep apnea. Oral appliances fit into the mouth much like an orthodontic retainer or a mouthguard you wear while playing sports or to prevent teeth grinding. Oral appliances are often used in combination with other treatments like CPAP machines.
How does an oral appliance work?
The oral appliance fits into the mouth to reposition the jaw and pull the tongue off of the back of the throat. This helps to keep the airway open while sleeping, preventing issues like snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. Some oral appliances reposition the jaw and pull it forward to prevent airway collapses while other appliances hold the tongue in place to prevent it from falling back to block the airway.
Oral Appliances in Westchester and Manhattan, NY
If you snore or suffer from sleep apnea, you may benefit from wearing an oral appliance while you sleep. A consultation with your dentist can help you determine if an oral appliance is the right form of treatment for you.
For more information on sleep issues or treating them with oral appliances, please contact Dr. Steven Syrop at locations in Westchester and Manhattan, NY. Call (212) 969-9166 to schedule your appointment at the Manhattan or Westchester locations today!
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