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Melbourne TMJ & Facial Pain Centre

Solutions for jaw and face pain

What to Expect From Your First Consultation (Assessment Consultation)


Identifying the cause of your pain and symptoms and making a diagnosis is of paramount importance. On your first consultation, a full history will be taken to identify any previous incidents or episodes that may be contributing to your current situation. This will be followed by a thorough examination of your TMJ and surrounding muscles.  Your general posture and  your neck joints and muscles will also be examined. Examination of your TMJ will involve placing the fingers of a gloved hand into your mouth to examine the muscles and structures of your TMJ. If you are sensitive to latex, please advise us before hand and a vinyl glove will be used instead. Examination of your neck may involve you removing clothing around the neck and upper back. A gown will be provided for you if necessary. Part of your assessment will include looking at your current sleeping position and your pillow. Since many TMJ conditions are worst at night, it’s important to ensure that your head and neck are in a well-supported position. Please bring your pillow with you for us to asses.


Once we have established what is causing and contributing to your condition, treatment will begin and may include:
  • Working inside your mouth with a gloved hand
  • Treating the muscles around the face
  • Treating the front and back of the neck and upper back
  • Education about how you can help yourself between treatments
  • You will be given a tailored home exercise program to address issues in your jaw and neck function.
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