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Pain in the jaw and the surrounding muscles is often referred to as “TMJ.” TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, which physically attaches the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull. TMD stands for temporomandibular disorders. These are disorders of the jaw and the muscles that control it. When some refer to “having TMJ,” they are actually dealing with “TMD.” W. Daniel Billington, DMD, MS, FAAOP, will provide diagnosis after a thorough evaluation and offer an array of treatments to treat your particular condition. Call 518-482-2728 for an appointment in our Albany, NY, office.

Diagnosis of TMD

The first step in diagnosing the cause of TMD is a physical examination of the jaw, mouth, bite, and teeth. Dr. Billington may order full face x-rays to visualize what cannot be easily observed, such as the jawbones, temporomandibular joints, and teeth. Additional testing may include an MRI or CT scan. An MRI will show the position of the disc within the TMJ, and a CT scan shows the bony details of the joint.


Treatment will depend on the specific diagnosis. It may include medications (oral, topical, or injectables), behavior modification strategies, and stress and anxiety management. In addition, Dr. Billington may fabricate a custom oral appliance. Dr Billington uses multiple styles of appliances, and he will discuss with you which one is most appropriate for your conditions.

Other Treatments May Include, but Are Not Limited To:

• Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
• Ultrasound
• Trigger Point Injections
• Laser Therapy
• Surgery
• Therapeutic Botox Injections
• & More

Temporomandibular joint disorder treatment diagram

W. Daniel Billington, DMD, MS, FAAOP
2 Executive Park Drive
Albany, NY 12203

Phone: 518-482-2728

Fax: 518-482-7040

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Monday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed