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TMJ Treatment in Kew

woman with jaw painTemporomandibular joint disorder, or “TMJ” disorder, is a painful condition that affects one or both jaw joints. Many people refer to it as “having TMJ”, but clinically we typically refer to it as TMD or TMJD.

What Causes TMJ Disorder?

The first step to treating your TMJ pain is diagnosing the cause. Depending on what underlying factors there are, the treatment will be adjusted accordingly.

Some of the most common causes of TMJ pain include:

  • Sleep Apnoea - Undiagnosed sleeping disorders may be the contributing factor to your jaw pain, especially if you exhibit other symptoms of sleep apnoea.
  • Teeth Grinding/Bruxism - Chronic teeth grinding leads to a gradual overuse of your jaw joints. Although your TMJ is made to move thousands of times a day, excessive tension will take a toll on your muscles and ligaments.
  • Stress – High levels of stress or anxiety in your life can lead to tension throughout your body (including your jaw). You may notice yourself clenching your teeth tightly together while you drive, work or wake up in the morning.
  • Joint Problems - Physical damage to your TMJ can lead to irregular movements, joint dysfunction or restricted range of motion. Eating or talking may be difficult.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

How can you tell if you have clinical TMJ disorder? Here are some of the most common red flags:

  • Joint pain
  • Limited opening or range of motion
  • Popping or clicking noises
  • Unable to eat firm foods
  • Deviation to one side when you open your mouth
  • Ear pain
  • Clenching and grinding your teeth
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain through the face, head, neck, shoulders and upper back

Treating TMJ Conditions

During your examination we’ll evaluate your teeth, jaws and personal history to pinpoint the likely cause of your TMJ pain. From there, we can determine the most appropriate type of non-surgical therapy to improve your condition.

A protective barrier between your upper and lower teeth prevents your TMJ from fully contracting and tightening. Depending on when the tension happens, some people do best with a bite splint for daytime wear or a nightguard when they’re sleeping. All we need to get started is an impression of your teeth.

Cosmetic dento-facial injectables aren’t just for addressing things like fine lines or wrinkles. They’re also effective for managing joint pain and tension associated with TMJ disorder. When applied directly to the area, injectables act as natural muscle relaxer, gradually reducing how tightly the muscles contract. The results from an injectables application can last at least a few months or more.

It’s not always possible to walk away from stressors in our everyday lives. But finding a stress management technique such as exercise, meditation, massage or cognitive behavioural therapy can alleviate tension in our bodies, naturally relaxing the TMJ.

Do I Have TMJ Disorder?

Occasional TMJ pain can happen, contact us about TMJ Treatments Kew.
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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 Kew, Kew East, Hawthorn VIC | (03) 9853 1800