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TMJ Treatment

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the lower jawbone to the skull. There is one joint on each side of the face, just in front of the ears. By hingeing, the TMJs assist in movements like chewing and speaking.

A variety of issues can prevent this complex system of muscles, bones, ligaments and discs from working. TMJ disorders can cause pain in the face and elsewhere, trigger other conditions like headaches or tinnitus, and restrict jaw movement.

In many cases, the discomfort and limitations associated with TMJ disorders are temporary and can be relieved with self-managed care. If these measures fail, anti-wrinkle injections may be an effective solution.

What Is TMD?

TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. This umbrella term refers to any dysfunction that affects the TMJs. TMJ dysfunction occurs when the muscles, cartilage or ligaments around the jaw joints become irritated, damaged, inflamed or misaligned. The condition may be chronic or acute.

Many people use the terms TMD and TMJ interchangeably to describe TMJ dysfunction.

What Are the Symptoms of TMJ Disorders?

Some of the most common TMD symptoms include:

  • Jaw pain or tenderness
  • Difficulty opening your mouth wide
  • Popping, grating or clicking sounds when moving the jaw joint
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Tooth pain
  • Changes in the way your teeth align
  • Clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Earaches
  • Tinnitus
  • Headaches
  • Pain in your neck or shoulders
  • Swelling on the side of your face
  • A tired feeling in your face

Not all TMJ disorders require treatment. However, medical attention is recommended if you have persistent pain or tenderness in your jaw or limitation of movement.

What Causes TMJ Disorders?

The exact cause of someone’s TMJ disorder can be difficult to determine. The pain may be due to a combination of factors, such as arthritis, an improper bite or an injury to the jaw joints. Some people who have jaw pain also have bruxism, a condition characterised by involuntarily clenching or grinding the teeth (often during sleep).

Other causes of TMJ disorders include:

  • Stress
  • An improper bite
  • Cartilage damage
  • Displacement of the jaw joint discs

Women are more likely to have TMJ issues than men. Some estimate that TMD is 1.5 to 2 times more prevalent in women and that 80% of patients treated for the disorder are women.

How Is TMJ Treated?

Treatments for TMD range from self-care practices and other conservative treatments, to minimally-invasive injections and open surgery.

At Kaya Cosmedia, we offer anti-wrinkle injections for TMJ relief. Most people know these injections for their cosmetic benefits, but they are also used therapeutically to treat a variety of muscle-related conditions.

By administering muscle relaxants into the temporalis and masseter muscles on the sides of the face, we can temporarily limit muscle contraction. This helps reduce the tension, inflammation and pain associated with TMD. Anti-wrinkle injections do not treat the root cause of TMJ disorders, but controlling the unpleasant symptoms can make it easier and more comfortable for you to pursue other treatment options.

Are TMJ Injections Covered By Medicare?

Medicare does not cover this treatment for TMJ. It is considered an ‘off-label’ use of anti-wrinkle injections.

What Does the Treatment Involve?

A TMJ treatment looks very similar to any other anti-wrinkle injection appointment. We start with a consultation to decide whether this is the right treatment for you and determine the number of injections you will benefit from. You will likely receive several injections in your masseter muscles and temple area.

The procedure is quick and convenient. You do not need a referral, and the injections can be administered in just 15-30 minutes.

Are TMJ Injections Painful?

Most patients who visit our South Melbourne clinic report very little discomfort from TMJ injections. The sensation is usually described as a pinprick, bug bite or sting. We utilise ice and vibration to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during your treatment.

If you feel tenderness in the area after your treatment, a cool compress will usually feel good. Any post-treatment discomfort is usually mild and brief.

What Is the Downtime After a TMD Treatment?

There is no required downtime after anti-wrinkle injections for TMJ. While some patients experience minor swelling or redness right after the procedure, it generally disappears rapidly and does not interfere with a return to work or social activities.

Other short-term side effects may include tenderness and bruising around the injection sites. In rare cases, patients may experience nausea, a minor headache or flu-like symptoms.

After receiving this treatment, we recommend avoiding the following:

  • Pressing or rubbing the injected area
  • Applying makeup for at least four hours
  • Engaging in vigorous exercise or sports

Our team will help you understand all the potential risks of this procedure as well the recovery guidelines to ensure you feel comfortable and confident in your treatment.

What Results Can I Expect?

Anti-wrinkle injections don’t have a noticeable effect right away. When used as a cosmetic treatment, a visible difference can be seen as early as three to five days after treatment, and it may take up to two weeks before the optimal effect is achieved.

After receiving anti-wrinkle injections for TMJ, you may feel some improvement within a day or two, but it will likely take several days before you start to notice a significant difference. The onset of your results will depend somewhat on the dosage delivered and how your body metabolises the active ingredient.

How Often Are TMD Injections Needed?

Most injections for TMJ disorders last approximately three to four months. When the product wears off, the muscles will regain normal function. Repeating the treatment a few times per year can extend the benefits indefinitely.

Find Relief From TMJ Discomfort With Kaya Cosmedica

Comfort is a click away. Request an appointment using our convenient online booking platform. Our team will work to schedule a consultation and get you back on the road to wellness. Dr Khinda and her team are experienced injectors who continually educate themselves on the most up-to-date techniques and therapies for your cosmetic and medical needs.

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