Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Injection

What You Need to Know

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the lower jaw to the skull. It has a disc to help it move smoothly. This means that there are many areas of it that can experience pain resulting from disc tears, osteoarthritis or trauma. A TMJ injection can be done in an office setting, utilizing ultrasound guidance, or in a procedure suite, utilizing X-ray guidance. The procedure allows us to inject a small amount of steroid and numbing medication directly into the joint. The steroid lowers inflammation with a goal of reducing pain and helping the body heal itself.