TMJ – Upper Joint Injection Technique

I had always thought injecting the TMJ laterally in upward direction would be best. A posterior approach was found more effective in the swine equivalent.

Comparison of Three Techniques for Swine Temporomandibular Joint Space Injection
Ding-Han Wang et al
J Oral Facial Pain Headache 2016;30:165–170. doi: 10.11607/ofph.1469

  • Entering superior joint on TMJ
  • inject almost vertical position except pointing 10 degrees up and 10 degrees to foreward
  • verified by dissection of methylene blue injections
  • Achieved 100% versus 33% by other techniques


Comment – they chose swine because of similarities to humans and make a case for posterior injection.


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