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TMJ Treatment in Wickham

Woman waking up with jaw painYour temporomandibular joint or TMJ is the hinge area where your jaw, along with associated muscles and ligaments, attach just in front of your ear. The TMJ is responsible for thousands of movements per day, whether you’re talking, laughing or chewing.

An overused or dysfunctional TMJ joint can lead to chronic pain or TMJ disorder (TMD).

What Causes TMJ Disorder?

Before we can treat your TMJ pain, we need to diagnose the cause. Here are three of the most common causes:

Sleep Apnoea: Undiagnosed sleeping disorders may be the contributing factor to your jaw pain, particularly if you have other symptoms of sleep apnoea.

Teeth Grinding/Bruxism: If you’re a chronic teeth grinder that will lead to a gradual overuse of your jaw joints. Excessive tension on your TMJ will take a toll on your muscles and ligaments.

Stress: Elevated levels of stress can lead to tension throughout your body, including your jaw.

Some of the most common symptoms of TMD include

  • Popping or clicking noises when you open and close your mouth
  • A limited range of motion
  • Earaches
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Flat, worn or sharp teeth
  • Sore jaw, neck, shoulders or back when you wake up in the morning
  • Broken dental work
  • Jaw deviation from side to side when opening/closing
  • Chronic stress or a stressful lifestyle

During your examination, we’ll assess your teeth, jaws and personal history to identify the likely cause of your TMJ discomfort. Then we can determine the most appropriate type of non-surgical therapy to relieve your pain and improve your condition.

Most people think of facial injectables as being a method for fighting wrinkles and reducing the effects of ageing, but they are also increasingly used to alleviate pain. Here’s how they work: facial injectables relax the TMJ muscle which in turn releases tension associated with grinding/clenching.

Made out of clear plastic, a TMJ night guard serves as a protective barrier between your upper and lower teeth. This appliance prevents your TMJ from completely contracting and tightening. To get started, we just need to take an impression of your teeth.

In addition to wearing your bite splint or a night guard, there are a few other ways to reduce your TMJ flare-ups and the pain they cause. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Avoid chewing gum or eating firmer-textured foods, as this may strain your joint.
  • Make conscious observations as to your jaw’s resting position throughout the day; remember “lips together, teeth apart”.
  • Alternate a warm and cold compress on the side of your joint pain to reduce swelling.
  • Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatories as directed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I receive a combination of injectables and a nightguard to address my TMD?

Yes, injectable treatment works best in conjunction with other treatments such as night guards/splints.

How long will the results of injectable treatment for my TMD last?

The effect is temporary, usually lasting 3-6 months depending on the individual. When you come in for your six-monthly checkup we can provide a new injectable treatment.

Are there other ways that injectables can enhance the appearance of my smile?

Yes, they can help to improve gummy smiles by lowering the smile line. They also can help reduce the effect of black triangles on your teeth.

How do injectables work to treat TMD?

Injectables help relieve jaw tension by relaxing muscles unable to engage in the powerful, often unconscious movement of the jaw that results in headaches related to teeth grinding and pain in the jaw joint, neck and shoulders.

What should I avoid before and after treatment?

Before getting injectable treatment for TMD, you should abstain from alcohol for 24 hours. You should also avoid taking any anti-inflammatory or blood-thinning medication. We recommend coming to your appointment without applying any make-up. After your treatment, you can resume normal daily activity, but you should refrain from strenuous activity for 24 hours after your treatment.

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* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

TMJ Treatment Wickham, Newcastle, Hamilton East, Newcastle West NSW | (02) 4077 3821