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TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) pain and dysfunction are a common complaint with 5-10% of people experiencing it at some point in their lives. Often associated with teeth grinding and jaw clenching, TMJ pain can be severe, and unrelenting.
Using injections to relax the temporalis and masseter muscles, tension on the TMJ can be reduced, and is a proven, effective treatment option for people with TMJ pain and dysfunction.
Treatment takes 10-20 mins. No downtime.
Minimal discomfort. Numbing available.
Result within 1-2 weeks.
To maintain effect, revisit every 6-9 months.
Average spend is $900Book Now
How it works
TMJ pain is the severe, sharp or aching discomfort in front of one or both ears and is often associated with stiffness of the jaw. A potentially debilitating issue, dysfunction and pain in your TMJ (the jaw joint) can be severe and impair your ability to speak and eat.
Preventing TMJ pain and dysfunction is possible using muscle-relaxing injections. The treatment causes a controlled relaxation and strength reduction of the bite muscles. The injections are placed precisely with tiny needles into the masseter and/or temporalis muscles that control the TMJ, improving pain and stiffness.
TMJ pain injections offer a convenient and comprehensive solution for people with TMJ pain and dysfunction, and can be used alongside other treatments like pain relief and mouth guards to improve symptoms in those more severe cases.
Injections for TMJ pain and dysfunction have a number of benefits, including:
- Reduces TMJ pain
- Treats teeth grinding and jaw clenching (bruxism)
- Protects your teeth from damage due to TMJ dysfunction
- Slims prominent masseter muscles, giving the lower face a more balanced appearance
- Improve jawline symmetry
TMJ pain injections are a non-invasive, no downtime procedure that take just a few minutes to perform.
Preparation & aftercare
How to prepare for TMJ pain injections:
- Remove all makeup immediately before your appointment
- Avoid consuming excessive alcohol within 24 hours of your appointment
- Refrain from intense exercise immediately before your appointment
TMJ pain injection aftercare:
- You may experience mild tenderness in the treated area for a few days
- Avoid makeup, excessive alcohol and intense exercise until the following day
- Refrain from applying pressure to the treated areas for 4 hours
- Gently apply a wrapped ice pack to the injection sites to minimise swelling and bruising
Each tmj pain treatment is perfectly tailored to you.
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Cosmetic Connection is a dedicated TMJ pain injection clinic with locations in Melbourne and Sydney. Our clinic excels in providing a first-class service, and our cosmetic doctors are some of the most experienced in the country.
We offer a purely bespoke approach to TMJ pain injections in Sydney and Melbourne, and will work with you to understand your concerns and develop a bespoke treatment plan to achieve your aesthetic goals.
If you want tailored TMJ pain injections in Sydney and Melbourne, choose the cosmetic doctors at Cosmetic Connection.
The price of TMJ injections depends on the extent of treatment. This is determined by how strong your jaw muscles are, and how many need treatment.
You can review the current cost of TMJ injections on our pricing page.
TMJ pain is a result of joint dysfunction and wear and tear. Muscle tension applied to the joint can exacerbate pain. The muscles involved in this are most commonly the masseters and temporalis muscles.
There are a number of treatments to improve TMJ pain.
Over-the-counter pain relief and a cold pack can alleviate tenderness around the TMJ. People with chronic TMJ pain may need positioning splints, physiotherapy and TMJ injections to relax muscle tension.
Yes, TMJ pain can only affect one side of your face. This commonly affects the side you chew on, and can also occur if you have sustained trauma to one side of your face.
The most common treatment for TMJ pain is to use a cold pack and over-the-counter pain relief.
Most TMJ pain improves on its own with conservative measures.
For persistent TMJ pain, TMJ injections are an option to consider.
TMJ injections are not cot covered by medicare.
You don’t need a referral from your local doctor to see us here at Cosmetic Connection for injections to treat your TMJ pain.
To treat TMJ pain, you will generally need 20-30 units of anti-wrinkle (muscle-relaxing) product placed into each muscle. Depending on the brand of product used, the units required may be higher (2.5 times the amount).
Most people have 3-4 injections per muscle to treat TMJ pain. You will need either 2 or 4 muscles injected during your treatment, depending on whether the temporalis or masseter muscles or both are contributing to the pain.
When performed carefully most people find TMJ injections to have very little discomfort. Patients generally rate injections for TMJ pain as a 2-3 out of 10 on the pain scale.
You will notice an improvement in your TMJ pain 3-4 days after treatment. The final result is seen 14 days after the injections.
Anti-wrinkle injections for TMJ pain do not provide a permanent solution. However, they can help to break the cycle of inflammation and pain when used in conjunction with a cold pack and medications, meaning your TMJ pain may not recur.
In preparation for your TMJ pain injections, you should avoid alcohol and intense exercise before your appointment.
After having TMJ pain injections you should take it easy, avoid pressure on the injected area and refrain from alcohol and intense exercise.
When performed by an appropriately qualified and experienced cosmetic practitioner, TMJ injections using anti-wrinkle are categorised as a low-risk treatment.
Upon arriving at our inclusive and private clinic, you will be welcomed by our friendly reception team. We will confirm your contact details and ensure that you have completed all relevant forms.
Your session will commence with a comprehensive consultation with one of our experienced medical professionals.
We will take the time to understand your concerns and goals, and assess your suitability for our treatments.
You will learn about the different treatment options available to you, and have ample opportunity to ask any questions.
We will ensure that you completely understand the discussion, and design a personalised treatment plan for you.
After designing your personalised treatment, we will explain the most important details to you. This includes information about how your treatment works, aftercare information, the risks involved, and the results you can expect.
Before proceeding with treatment, we will take clinical photos. This ensures that we have a reference point to track your treatment journey. We keep all clinical images confidential unless you give us permission to share them.
Your comfort is our priority. We understand that pain is one of the biggest concerns people have about their cosmetic procedure.
Using the highest quality equipment, premium products that contain local anaesthetic, and an extremely gentle technique, our treatments are some of the most comfortable available.
As a doctor-led clinic, we also have access to a range of high-strength numbing options. These include specially formulated numbing cream, ice, numbing injections and distraction devices.
The procedure will be performed professionally, with a high attention to detail and the utmost care and caution. Our doctors prioritise three things when it comes to your treatment: your safety, your result, and your comfort.
With emergency equipment on-site and long appointment times, we guarantee your safety is our priority, and that your treatments are never rushed.
Following the treatment, we will advise you on how to care for the treated area to ensure a smooth and swift recovery. You will also receive an email with detailed aftercare instructions.
All treatments performed at Cosmetic Connection come with the option of a complimentary follow-up appointment.
After having injections for your TMJ pain and dysfunction, you’ll notice an reduction in symptoms as early as 3-4 days after the treatment. The strongest effect is seen 14 days after the injections, with the result then wearing off gradually over 6-9 months.
Repeated treatments can improve the longevity of the effect, and should ideally be performed before the symptoms return to baseline level. Combining TMJ injections with other treatment approaches can help to achieve more significant improvements in your TMJ pain and dysfunction, and is generally recommended.
What is the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ)?
The temporomandibular joint, often called the TMJ, is the joint that connect the jaw bone to the skull. It is located just in front of the ear on each side of the face, and allows for movements involved in speaking, eating and certain facial expressions.
TMJ dysfunction occurs when the joint does not function correctly, and can be due to trauma, degeneration with age or genetic factors. Dysfunction of the TMJ can cause pain, clicking and abnormal movements of the jaw.
What causes TMJ pain?
TMJ pain is a symptom of TMJ dysfunction. A number of factors can contribute to dysfunction of the TMJ leading to not only pain, but clicking, popping, locking and headaches.
TMJ dysfunction can be due to injury, degeneration of the joint, age-related wear and tear and malocclusion of the jaws.
Which muscles are involved in TMJ pain?
TMJ pain is often exacerbated by tense and overactive jaw muscles. These muscles are primarily the masseter muscles (located at the back of the jawline on each side) and the temporalis muscles (located in the temple on either side of the face).
How to treat TMJ pain
Most cases of TMJ pain improve on their own without intervention, however this can take 1-3 years.
A number of treatments are available to improve TMJ pain, and a combination approach is often the most effective. Treatments to improve TMJ pain include:
- Avoid extreme jaw opening
- Eat softer foods
- Avoid chewy foods and gum
- Practice conscious relaxation of your jaw muscles
Anti-inflammatories and pain relief medication can be used to control TMJ pain.
A stabilisation splint can be fitted by the dentist to ensure the correct position of your jawbone.
TMJ injections to the masseter and temporalis muscles are an effective and convenient treatment option to reduce the tension applied to the TMJ, reducing TMJ pain.
Generally a last resort option, the TMJ can be cleaned out using keyhole surgery.
How anti-wrinkle injections can help treat TMJ pain
Anti-wrinkle injections are a colloquial name for botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin causes a controlled relaxation of injected muscles. When used on the face, they stop skin bunching, reducing wrinkles. It can also be placed in the masseter and temporalis jaw muscles to relax them to reduce tension on the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ).