Do you find yourself waking up in the morning with a headache? Do you frequently experience jaw, neck or shoulder pain? Have you ever had your jaw lock open or closed? If you answered yes to any of these questions, did you know you might be suffering from a jaw joint disorder known as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder)? Dr. Alex Colalillo discusses the benefits of TMJ therapy in Mullica Hill.
What is TMJ?
Your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ is essentially the hinge that connects your upper and lower jaw together. This is the body’s most complex joint as it allows your jaw to move forward and backward, up and down, and side to side. When this joint is not working properly it can cause a host of painful symptoms that can be very debilitating such as:
- Frequent headaches – especially in the morning
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Clicking and popping of your jaw when you open and close
- Your jaw locking open or closed – known as lock jaw
- Facial pain
What Causes TMD?
There are many things that can cause TMD such as bite misalignment, or bruxism (clenching and grinding), and it’s different for every patient. While we can’t always determine the exact cause, Dr. Colalillo helps patients effectively manage TMD with different therapies tailored to each patient’s specific needs.
How is TMD Treated?
Dr. Colalillo is a highly skilled orthodontist who can often use braces to straighten your teeth and correct your bite. We’ll start with a thorough examination to determine what’s causing your TMD and that will help him recommend the best treatment for your needs.
Orthodontics can be very effective in alleviating TMD issues. Dr. Colalillo also uses oral appliances, or night guards to help muscles relax, eliminating bruxism and TMD.
Contact Dr. Colalillo
If you or a loved one suffers from TMJ in Mullica Hill, it can greatly impact your daily life. Don’t let pain hold you back any longer!
Dr. Colalillo has many years of experience in helping patients effectively manage their TMJ issues. We encourage you to contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Colalillo to learn more about how we can help you.