Cosmetic Dentistry Blog
Media, Newtown Square, Wallingford, Swarthmore and Delaware County, PA
TMJ discomfort is a frustrating problem for many of our patients. The TMJ is a joint that connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone at the side of the head. Many things can cause this complicated joint to become irritated. Recent research suggests that there are usually multiple causes, among them inflammation/arthritis, traumatic injury, environmental, social or emotional factors. TMJ affects twice as many women as men.
The most common TMJ problem is called myofacial pain disorder, characterized by a dull aching pain around the ear, tender jaw muscles, clicking or popping noises and difficulty opening or closing the mouth. Habits like clenching, nail biting, tooth grinding or gum chewing can make the problem worse. Some times TMJ can even make your teeth and /or ear hurt.
So what can you do to find relief??
For starters, rest the jaw and stop harmful chewing or biting habits! Eat soft foods. No chewing gum or nail biting. Sometimes applying cold for 10 to 15 minutes and then massaging the side of the face can help, also taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, for up to two weeks. Stress management and relaxation techniques have also been found to be helpful. Try to let those jaw muscles relax.
In many cases Dr. Gregory Hillyard has fitted patients with a mouth guard which when worn at night can help prevent pain and clenching.
Patients with severe cases may need to see a specialist at a hospital. But before embarking on expensive treatments, contact Dr. Hillyard for an exam and to see if less invasive, non-surgical treatments might be all you need.
- The bacteria find their way into your arteries and hang out, causing plaques.
- Your body mounts an immune system response, causing inflammation. This can cause your arteries to narrow making it harder for your heart to do its job.
Protect your athlete's smile this spring with a custom fitted Under Armour mouth guard. Under Armour offers the latest mouth guard technology and Dr Hillyard can provide a precision, custom fit to your teeth.
Three different models of mouth guards are available and Dr Hillyard can help you decide which is right for you based on the sport you play and the level of contact.
To learn more about custom fitted Under Armour mouth guards, contact our practice today!
Researchers suggest that more than 60% of adults occasionally snore and more than 30% snore regularly. Many of our patients (and their significant others) have been delighted to learn that we have a simple solution to many snoring problems.
Dr. Gregory Hillyard can make and fit a simple snore guard just for you. This appliance is similar to a rubber mouth guard that children wear for sports. Dr. Hillyard will fit this simple device exactly to your mouth in order to keep your airway open and clear all night. Patients report feeling more rested and energized when using the snore guard.
The snore guard has several advantages versus the noisy CPAP machines often prescribed by other doctors. The snore guard is completely quiet, portable, and requires no power source. Often snore guard is a much simpler solution to snoring and sometimes even to Sleep Apnea problems.
If you snore talk to Dr. Hillyard to determine if a snore guard might be the answer to your getting a quiet and restful night's sleep.
Welcome to the blog of the Media, Pennsylvania cosmetic dentistry practice of Dr. Gregory Hillyard. We make every effort to educate our patients regarding optimal oral health practices, and we will use this space to provide additional information about the many services we offer.
Dr. Hillyard is the third generation dentist in his family to serve residents of Media and surrounding communities. His grandfather started the practice more than 100 years ago. Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to ensure you experience the highest levels of comfort, safety, and satisfaction every time you visit us. To learn more about our practice or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 610-566-0291 today.
For nearly three decades, Dr. Hillyard has been providing patients in the Media area with exceptional cosmetic dentistry restorations to help achieve a beautiful smile. These services include:
- Porcelain veneers
- Teeth whitening
- Dental bonding
- Clear braces
- Dental implants
We also offer the option of a complete smile makeover for people who face several aesthetic and functional issues with their smiles.
Our general and family dentistry services include:
- Professional teeth cleanings and thorough examinations
- Dental fillings
- Dental crowns
- Dental bridges
- Gum disease treatment
To learn more about our practice and the many ways we can help you achieve the strong and beautiful smile of your dreams, please contact Dr. Gregory Hillyard today to schedule your initial dental appointment. We serve patients in Media, Newtown Square, Wallingford, Swarthmore, and Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
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