Media, Newtown Square, Wallingford, Swarthmore and Delaware County, PA

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is just another name for jaw misalignment. This common problem can lead to a number of symptoms including chronic pain, limited jaw mobility, and even tooth loss. Without proper treatment, it may never go away. Fortunately, relief from these painful, debilitating symptoms is easily attainable.

Media, Pennsylvania neuromuscular dentist Dr. Gregory Hillyard has nearly three decades of experience detecting and treating TMJ. While often detected during your regularly scheduled dental checkups, Dr. Hillyard can also schedule visits to deal exclusively with TMJ symptoms. If you believe you are suffering from TMJ, please call 610-566-0291 today to schedule a comprehensive evaluation.

The Causes of TMJ

TMJ may be caused by trauma, disc erosion, arthritis, ill-fitting dental restorations, and tooth grinding, but in many cases the exact cause is unknown. The muscles, tendons, bones, and nerves in your face all perform specific functions. Even one component part malfunctioning can throw this system out of alignment, resulting in significant discomfort and other problems.

Dr. Hillyard uses both hands-on evaluations and state-of-the-art technology to detect TMJ. This may include equipment to measure the activity of your jaw joint and muscles, or to listen to the internal sounds your jaw makes when opening and closing. No matter what the cause of your TMJ, if it is present, these diagnostic tools will enable Dr. Hillyard to detect it and begin working on the most effective treatment option.

Treating TMJ

TMJ treatment may include:

  • Muscle relaxation with a TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) unit
  • Custom-made orthotics that retrain jaw muscles
  • Jaw exercises
  • Orthodontic options such as clear braces
  • Dental restorations to correct your bite

Because the goal of TMJ treatment is long-term relief provided by a restoration of proper alignment and bite, some cases of TMJ may require a combination of treatments to fully correct. This is best determined by a neuromuscular dentist such as Dr. Hillyard and will be discussed in more detail during your TMJ consultation.

If you are suffering from TMJ, please contact Dr. Gregory Hillyard today to schedule a neuromuscular dentistry appointment. We serve patients in Media, Newtown Square, Wallingford, Swarthmore, and Delaware County, Pennsylvania.