Expert Answers to Common Questions about Treatment for TMJ, Masseter Slimming, and Bruxism

Jaw treatments | Dr Rakib Fairfield, Melbourne

What are the treatments for jaw muscles, and why are people getting them?

Treatments for jaw muscles are a type of treatment that can help alleviate pain caused by TMJ or bruxism, as well as slim the jawline for aesthetic purposes. People mainly get them for two reasons:

  1. Reduce symptoms of bruxism
  2. Cosmetic purposes to create a slimmer jawline

How do treatments alleviate TMJ pain?

Treatments relieve TMJ pain by relaxing the muscles in the jaw that contribute to clenching and grinding, reducing tension and pressure on the joint.

Are theses a recommended treatment for masseter slimming?

Simply put, yes! These treatments are common and effective for masseter slimming. They work by reducing the size of the masseter muscles, which can create a more contoured and slimmer appearance in the lower face. It is a fairly popular treatment in many countries, including Australia.

How long is the duration of the effects of the treatment when used for TMJ or bruxism?

The duration of the effects from the treatment when used for TMJ or bruxism varies, but they typically last between 3 and 6 months. After this time, the muscle activity gradually returns to normal, and the treatment may need to be repeated to maintain the desired effects.

What is the typical recovery time following treatment for masseter slimming?

The recovery time following treatment for masseter slimming is quite minimal. Most patients can resume their normal activities immediately after the procedure, with some experiencing minor bruising or swelling that typically resolves within a few days.

Is the procedure the same as other wrinkle reducing treatments?

The procedure used for masseter slimming, TMJ, and bruxism is similar to other wrinkle reducing treatment, however the treatment sites as well as dosages will vary depending on the individual’s goals and needs.

It’s important to consult with a qualified practitioner for personalised treatment.

What type of person would benefit most from this procedure?

The procedure for masseter slimming is most beneficial for individuals with enlarged or overactive masseter muscles, which can contribute to a wide or square jawline. People who desire a more contoured, feminine, or youthful-looking jawline may benefit from the procedure.

When it comes to treatment for TMJ or bruxism, it is usually recommended for people who experience pain and discomfort related to teeth grinding and jaw clenching. The procedure works by relaxing the muscles that contribute to these conditions and is not recommended for cosmetic purposed like masseter slimming.

Is the treatment procedure for TMJ, masseter slimming, or bruxism painful?

The procedure for TMJ, masseter slimming, or bruxism is generally well tolerated and causes minimal discomfort. The treatments are typically administered using a small needle, and most patients report feeling only a slight pinching sensation. Some patients, however, may experience mild bruising or swelling at the injection site.

What are the benefits of the injectable treatment?

The benefits for the injectable treatment include:

  • Reducing pain and discomfort associated with teeth grinding and jaw clenching
  • Alleviating tension from the jaw muscles
  • Improving the appearance of the jawline for those seeking a more contoured or youthful look

What are the potential side effects of treatments for TMJ, masseter slimming, or bruxism?

The potential side effects are generally mild and temporary, including bruising, swelling, and redness at the injection site. In rare cases, patients may experience more severe side effects such as muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing or breathing, or an allergic reactions.

It is important to discuss any concerns with a qualified practitioner.

How many sessions of treatments are typically needed to see results?

The number of sessions of treatments varies depending on the individual’s needs and goals. Usually, patients will see improvement within a few days to a week after the initial treatment with results lasting 3-6 months. Multiple sessions may be needed for long-term maintenance.

Does the procedure work on everyone with TMJ or bruxism?

The procedure may not be effective for everyone as the underlying causes of these conditions can vary. Furthermore, some individuals may not be suitable candidates for the procedure due to medical conditions or allergies.

Can various treatments be combined to manage TMJ, masseter slimming, or bruxism more effectively?

Various treatments can be combined to manage these conditions more effectively depending on your individual needs. For example, custom oral appliances, physical therapy, or stress management techniques may be recommended in conjunction with this procedure for optimal results.

If you’re experiencing TMJ, masseter slimming, or bruxism and are considering injectables, book an appointment with Dr Rakib to discuss your options.