TMJ Treatment

TMJ Treatment Melbourne

Do you suffer from persistent jaw pain, tension headaches, or worn teeth?

If so, you may be suffering from temporomandibular joint dysfunction/disorder (also referred to as TMJ or TMD), a painful jaw disorder that we regularly treat successfully.

Custom TMJ devices  are often called splints are “mouth guard,” “bite plate,” “bite appliance,” “mouthpiece,” “orthotic,” “night guard”

Bite Guard One

Custom orthotics allow the muscles and ligaments to relax, therefore ridding the facial muscles tension and tightness, clenching or other jaw problems can cause.

Custom TMJ devices, often called splints are also commonly known as a mouth guard, bite plate, bite appliance, mouthpiece, orthotic or night guard.

TMJ affects 20–30% of the adult population; it is more common in women and those between the ages of 20 and 40. Symptoms include clicking, popping, or grating sounds coming from the jaw; muscle pain that can be felt in the cheeks and temples; jaw joint pain; and severe tension headaches. Though the tension headaches aren’t life threatening, they can be debilitating.

Because neck pain, migraine headaches and tooth problems may stem from a number of other causes, general dentists and family doctors often ignore the possibility that TMJ is the culprit. In other instances, dentists or doctors may recognise a bite problem, but are at a loss for how to find its cause. if you feel painful clicking, popping or muscle pain in your jaw, then the team at TMJ Centre Melbourne can help you.

Pain shouldn’t be something you put up with as part of your day-to-day life. Through extensive training with world renowned TMJ professionals and the successful outcomes of our own patients, we can provide the effective diagnosis and treatment you need to live a pain-free life. In order to provide the best service possible for our patients, we focus solely on evaluating and treating TMJ and sleep apnoea related symptoms at our practice. If you suffer from pain in your head, face or jaw, there are non-invasive techniques available to relieve your pain. With state-of-the-art technology, paired with experienced and compassionate staff, we can offer you the best alternative to invasive surgery.

Dr. Shah, our dentist can keep your jaw in a healing position using orthotics (bite plates) while Dr. Dowker provides low force chiropractic adjustments to relieve any extra stress on the TMJ. There are no high velocity thrusts or rapid rotations. With this stress removed, chances of a full recovery of the TMJ are greatly improved.

Please come in for our comprehensive TMJ diagnosis.

What’s involved in your TMJ Treatment?

At TMJ Centre Melbourne, we have a holistic approach to treating TMJ disorders and pain. We have a dentist and chiropractor working very closely together to provide an effective, lasting solution to your health care problems.

The first step is a comprehensive and dynamic diagnosis to see if your symptoms are truly a jaw problem or if they are coming from another part of the body. Together we are able to assess the entire structure of the body and ensure we have the correct diagnosis.

With a dentist and chiropractor in the same clinic working with you at the same time, you will see results faster.

This coordinated approach of dental and chiropractic care is unique throughout Australia and the world. Only in Melbourne can you receive such effective treatment for your TMJ disorders and problems.

As a professional and experienced dentist, Dr Shah can correct any issues with your bite, teeth, or the position in which you hold your jaw, with the main focus always being on reducing stress upon the TMJs, muscles and improving breathing. Dr Shah uses a combination of neuromuscular orthotics, low level laser therapy, trigger point therapy, prolotherapy and treatment of breathing dysfunction as necessary

He works in close consultation with Dr Dowker, a chiropractor who reduces dysfunction within other areas of the body, particularly in the cranium, hips, neck, and back to diminish or remove the pressure that the body is placing on the TMJs. With over 30 years of experience in treating TMJ, Dr Dowker places special emphasis on treating cranial dysfunction. When done correctly, gentle adjustments to the cranium provides fast relief from TMJ, neck and headache pain.

Together Dr Shah and Dr Dowker will also assess your diet, sleep, and need for nutritional support to reduce inflammation in your body and therefore help you get better faster. 

With a chiropractic adjustment minutes after your neuromuscular orthotic is fitted, your body can get to work sooner on restoring the balance in its system.

Our emphasis is non surgical treatment, taking away stresses from the TMJ and allowing the body to heal itself.

To improve your health today, book your consultation!