The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is essential to chewing and speaking comfortably. It connects the lower jaw to the skull. When this joint is damaged, a patient may experience a variety of symptoms that can affect their quality of life.
Dr. Gregory Hillyard and Dr. Alexandra Monroe are Media, PA dentists that are dedicated to finding the right treatment options to eliminate pain and improve symptoms over time. Learn more about the signs of TMJ as well as the various solutions their office provides.
Signs of a TMJ Disorder
Common symptoms and signs of a temporomandibular joint disorder can include:
- Teeth grinding
- Difficulty chewing or moving the jaw
- Worn or damaged teeth
- Cracked or fractured teeth
- Jaw clenching
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, please contact our office at 610.756.0649. Our dentists will help you find a solution that works for your specific needs.
TMJ Treatment in Media, PA
Dr. Monroe has studied oral and facial musculature and was trained through the renowned Academy of Facial Aesthetics. She utilizes Botox to not only erase wrinkles but also address TMJ and bruxism. Using botulinum toxin (Botox/Xeomin), she treats the muscles of the jaw to lessen the contraction of these muscles. When the muscle’s strength decreases, it relaxes and eliminates orofacial pain.
Botox works well for wrinkles because it paralyzes these muscles that cause them. If the muscles aren’t frequently contracting, the wrinkles slowly fade. This is what makes it an ideal treatment for TMJ problems as well. The muscles in the jaw are tense and tight, causing pain and discomfort. They aren’t able to fully relax on their own, especially if you’re grinding your teeth at night or subconsciously. Botox allows these muscles to relax, helping to eliminate that pain.
For patients who grind their teeth, it is important to give them an extra layer of protection to stop teeth from grinding and prevent further damage to the teeth. A custom-designed mouthguard or nightguard is the ideal solution to address tooth grinding and teeth clenching.
Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry
Teeth that have sustained damage from teeth grinding benefit from restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments. These treatments are a good way to restore function, beauty, and health to your smile. We offer a full range of dental implants services for patients who lose teeth as a result of advanced TMJ disorder. Dental crowns, tooth bonding, and composite or porcelain veneers can cover teeth for an aesthetically pleasing smile.
You may only need one of these treatment options, or multiple. When you come to our office, we’ll do a thorough exam of your jaw and teeth. We want to discern if there’s damage to your jaw and teeth due to TMJ symptoms. Taking into account this as well as your budget, we’ll come up with a personalized treatment plan that’s specific to your unique needs.
Contact Our Media, PA Dental Office
If you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder, call 610.756.0649 to request an appointment with Dr. Hillyard or Dr. Monroe. We will meet with you to evaluate your needs and recommend appropriate dental care.