Gary M. Heir, DMD

Gary M. Heir, DMD

Clinical Professor
Director, Division of Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain
Department of Diagnostic Sciences

Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
110 Bergen Street - Room D881
Newark, New Jersey 07103

Department Phone: 1-973-972-3418


Dr. Heir has published papers, chapters and abstracts on topics related to the field of temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain, serves on several editorial boards, and has authored chapters on the assessment of the temporomandibular disorder patient. He has published other chapters on TMJ surgery and neuropathic pain, and was the primary author of the nationally accepted Post Graduate Core Curriculum in Orofacial Pain. Dr. Heir currently serves as a Commissioner for site inspections for the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

In addition to temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain, Dr. Heir's other interests have been recognized, and he is considered an authority on orofacial pain in Lyme Disease. In 1996, the Governor of New Jersey appointed him to the Governor's Lyme Disease Advisory Council for the State of New Jersey. Dr. Heir served as the Council's Vice Chair, and remained on the Council during the terms of three Governors.


Past President and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain
Past-President and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain
Fellow of the American College of Dentists
Chair: Written Examination Committee, American Board of Orofacial Pain
International Association for the Study of Pain
American Headache Society

Dean's Citation for contribution to the School of Health Related Professions, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Lifetime Achievement Award, American Academy of Orofacial Pain


Orofacial Pain
Lyme Disease
Topical medications for treatment of orofacial pain


Orofacial pain
Pharmacotherapy delivery systems for orofacial pain


Dr. Heir lectures extensively through the United States and worldwide.


Kalladka M, Quek S, Heir G, Eliav E, Mupparapu M, Viswanath A, Temporomandibular Joint Osteoarthritis: Diagnosis and Long-Term Conservative Management: A Topic Review, J Indian Prosthodont Soc, Sept. 2013, DOI 10.1007/s13191-013-0321-3

Nasri-Heir C, Khan J, Heir GM, Topical Medications as Treatment of Neuropathic Orofacial Pain, Dental Clinics of North America Volume 57, Issue 3, July 2013, Pages 541–553

Konatham P, Eliav E, Heir GM: Topical Medications for the Effective Management of Neuropathic Orofacial Pain; The Journal of the American Dental Association, JADA 144(6) June 2013 pp 594-601

Khan J, Heir G, Benoliel R, Eliav E; Complex regional pain syndrome following trigeminal nerve injury: report of 2 cases. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2013 Jul;116(1):123. Epub 2013 May 1

Januzzi E, Nasri-Heir C, Grossmann E, Leite FMG, Heir GM, Melnik TM; Nasri-Heir C, Khan J, Heir GM, Combined Palliative and Anti-Inflammatory Medications as Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Disc Displacement Without Reduction: A Systematic Review, The Journal of Craniomandiubalr & Sleep Practice, July 2013, VOL. 31, NO. 3

Heir GM, Nasri-Heir C, Thomas D, Puchimada BP, Khan J, Eliav E, Benoliel R, Complex regional pain syndrome following trigeminal nerve injury: report of 2 cases, Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod, 2012 Dec;114(6): pp 733-9.

Plaza-Villegas F, Heir GM, Markman S, Khan J, Noma N, Benoliel R, Patel J, Eliav E, Topical pregabalin and diclofenac for the treatment of neuropathic orofacial pain in rats, Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol, Vol. 114 No. 4Oct 2012, pp 114:449-456,

Heir, G, et al, Appropriate Use of Pharmacotherapeutic Agents for the Orofacial Pain Dentist, Journal of Orofacial Pain, J Orofac Pain. 2011 Fall;25(4): pp 381-90.

Heir G, et al, Core Curriculum on Orofacial Pain for US Based Post Graduate Programs, Journal of Orofacial Pain, November 2010 Volume 24, Number 4, 2010

Kahn J, Heir GM, Quek SYO, Case Report: Cerebellopontine Angle (CPA) Tumor Mimicking Dental Pain Following Facial Trauma, July 2010, Vol. 28, No. 3: pp 205-08