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Migraine Sufferers: You Could Have TMJ Dysfunction

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Suffering from a headache is tolerable, but when you have a migraine, even opening your eyes can feel like a struggle. Unfortunately, millions of Americans suffer from migraines on a daily basis without any real form of relief. Not only are we providers of cosmetic dentistry, but we can also help those who are suffering. Our team at Chicago Beautiful Smiles has a team that has undergone training to diagnose and treat temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Signs of this neuromuscular disorder include chronic jaw pain, severe headaches or ringing in the ears.


Everyone has two temporomandibular joints on either side of their face that is located below the ear. Sometimes, the relationship between the upper and lower jaw can get disrupted. This creates pressure and pain, which can lead to chronic headaches and migraines.

Causes of TMJ, also referred to as TMD, include grinding or clenching your teeth, a facial injury, or arthritic damage to the joint.


Our team can help diagnose whether or not you have TMJ by taking x-rays of your teeth, taking a CT scan or an MRI of your bone and soft tissue, looking at jaw movement, hearing your jaw open and close, or testing pressure points.

Treatment Options

Generally speaking, there are three different treatment options for those who suffer from TMJ. Both the cause and the intensity of the dysfunction play a role in what treatment is ideal. Physical therapy is an option to help ensure your joints are functioning properly. Prescription pain medication can help ease the pain, and custom orthotics can help lessen the pressure on the joint and reposition the bite itself.

Don’t suffer from troublesome migraines or jaw pain any longer! Beyond TMJ treatment, we also focus on cosmetic dentistry near Northbrook. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call us today!

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I have been going to this practice for several years now. I seemingly never have to wait when I arrive at the office and they are all very professional. Dr. Hartlieb and Dr. Ching have been terrific. In addition to doing great dental work, each has a great rapport with their patients. All of their assistants have been top notch as well.

- Neil H.

I recently met with Dr. Ching to have some dental work done, and had an exceptional experience at this office! I usually hate going to the dentist, but this experience was different–this office is hands-down, THE nicest dental facilitiy I have ever seen.

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This dental office is something I haven’t seen before. I had many past dental experiences at other dental offices (unfortunately not good) and finally I found Chicago Beautiful Smiles. Dr. Hartlieb had helped me restore my teeth to a beautiful smile.

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I am a loyal patient for over (yikes!) 20 years because I appreciate the time, skill and patience of the entire team. As proof of my gratitude, I live in the city and reverse commute every six months for my appointment.

- Dennis H.

Dr. Hartlieb is by far the best dentist I have ever been to. He has transformed my smile into something of beauty. In fact, many people comment on how beautiful my teeth are who do not even know that I have had major dental work performed. I used to never want to smile that large before, but now I smile as big as possible when photographed.

- Fran L.

I always have a great experience when I go to Chicago Beautiful Smiles. The staff is amazing and Dr. Hartlieb and Dr. Ching are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The facility is incredible and I feel like I’m being treated with the best technology in the dental industry. Go to Chicago Beautiful Smiles for a consultation and I guarantee you will go back time and time again. It does not get any better in the Chicago area.

- Antonio S.

I had a great experience with Dr. Ching – very professional and thorough in his craft. I had been seeing my previous dentist for the past 15 years; however, I am ready to make the permanent switch to Chicago Beautiful Smiles. Dr. Ching is great at explaining the procedures he was performing and made my visit comfortable.

- Brian M.

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