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$70 per session
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Treatment sessions with our fully qualified laser therapists. Treatments are conducted using our medical-grade low level laser machine.
TMJ Dysfunction Treatment
Are you suffering from TMJ Dysfunction – discomfort and pain on one or both sides of the jaw?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, the hinge like joint that attaches the jaw bone to the skull.
It is located just in front of the ear on either side of the face and allows the up-and-down and side-to-side movement of the jaw, enabling us to perform activities such as chewing, talking, and yawning.
There are a number of traditional treatment options for TMJ dysfunction and pain however it can also be successfully treated using low level laser therapy.
TMJ Dysfunction Relief with Cold Laser Therapy
Cold laser therapy – also known as low level laser therapy or LLLT – is a medical grade, therapeutic laser used as an effective treatment to relieve pain. This type of laser does not heat or hurt the skin.
The powerful anti-inflammatory effect of LLLT helps heal inflamed and aggravated temporomandibular muscles. It works by reducing inflammation and promoting natural healing. As the underlying problem is treated, restoration of function and pain relief is possible.
A ground-breaking therapy, cold laser has the ability to offer both short term and long term pain relief.
Some pain reduction can usually be felt immediately after treatment the best results are achieved with cumulative treatments.
Helping you recover faster from injury to the TMJ joint, cold laser therapy can treat pain resulting in a significant improvement within days.
"Cold laser can significantly reduce inflammatory pain and improve mouth functioning resulting in pain relief for the temporomandibular muscles"
– Dr David Bartlett, Practice Principal – Robina Town Medical Centre
Benefits of low level laser therapy as a TMJ Dysfunction treatment:
~ Low level laser therapy safely improves maximal mouth opening ~
~ LLLT promotes the body’s natural healing processes, reducing inflammation and pain ~
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What causes temporomandibular joint pain and dysfunction?
The underlying cause of TMJ pain and dysfunction is not completely understood. Dentists believe that any problem, disease, or injury to the temporomandibular joint itself or its surrounding muscles and associated structures can lead to pain and dysfunction presenting as a limited opening of the mouth, inability to talk clearly, or noises with movement of the joint.
Some of the known causes of TMJ pain and dysfunction include:
- Bruxism (frequent and repetitive grinding of the teeth) putting pressure on the TMJ
- Displacement of the disc in the TMJ that acts as a cushion between the lower jaw and the skull
- Undue mental stress leading to habitual clenching of the jaw or tightening of the facial muscles
- Arthritis in the TMJ
- Malocclusion of the jaw
- Tumor (rare)
Symptoms of temporomandibular joint pain and dysfunction
TMJ pain and dysfunction symptoms can be either short lived or can last several years. The most common symptoms are discomfort and pain on one or both sides of the jaw. Women are more prone to TMJ pain and dysfunction than men and it is relatively more common in people between the ages of 20 and 50. Some common symptoms include:
- Pain in the lower jaw that spreads to the face, neck, and upper shoulders
- Pain that is worse with talking, chewing, or yawning
- Inability to open the mouth wide open
- Locking of the jaw with it getting stuck in either the open or closed position
- Grating, popping, and clicking sounds with chewing or mouth movement
- Feeling of fatigue in the face area
- Difficulty with chewing, especially hard foods
- Uncomfortable bite where the upper and lower teeth do not seem to fit well together
- Swelling on the side of the face
How is temporomandibular joint pain and dysfunction treated?
There are several conservative home remedies that may be helpful in treating TMJ pain and dysfunction.
- Oral over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain and swelling
- Application of an ice pack to the side of the face
- Application of moist heat
- Gentle jaw stretches
- Eating soft foods and cutting food into smaller pieces to rest the jaw
- Avoiding extreme jaw movements such as big yawns
- Avoiding chewing gum
- Avoiding holding a phone between the ear and the shoulder
- Posture training
- Physical therapy, massage, biofeedback, and acupuncture
Besides home remedies, your dentist or GP may suggest:
- Pain medications
- Muscle relaxant medications
- Anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications
- Night guard, bite guard, or splint to prevent clenching and grinding of the teeth
- Dental work such as crowns, bridges, and braces to balance the jaw or correct a bite problem
- TENS unit (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) to relax the joint and facial muscles
- Ultrasound and deep heat therapy to relieve soreness and improve joint mobility
- Trigger point injections into tender spots
- Surgery (arthroscopy, arthrocentesis, or open joint surgery)
Low level laser therapy is an effective, drug-free, painless alternative to traditional TMJ dysfunction treatments
The management of TMJ pain and dysfunction usually begins with conservative measures such as avoiding certain activities and pain relief medications moving to higher interventions such as physical therapies and surgery.
Used on its own or in combination with traditional treatments under the guidance of a GP, cold laser can be effective in reducing or eliminating TMJ pain.
Instant or long-lasting relief cannot be guaranteed as results vary for each patient due to age, health condition, type of injury, lifestyle and concurrent treatments, however clinical evidence and our patients’ experiences indicate low level laser to be a worthwhile and effective treatment option for TMJ pain and dysfunction.
Laser Treatment for TMJ Dysfunction – Clinical Evidence
A study on the effects of LLLT on acute TMJ pain concluded it may significantly reduce inflammatory pain.
An investigation into the effects of LLLT as a treatment for TMJ disorders suggested low level laser is a useful method for the treatment of TMJ pain, in particular long lasting pain.
Low level laser is a safe and effective therapy. We welcome you to book a session or speak to our laser team for advice. Don’t suffer any longer.
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