TMJ surgery is a type of surgery on the TemporoMandibular Joint, or the jaw joint. It is done through either an incision in front of the ear or through a small joint arthroscope.
TMJ is extremely experienced in treating TMJ disorders.
There are three main types TMJ surgery:
* Arthroscopy — through an arthroscope
* Arthroplasty — incision into the joint in front of the ear
* Joint replacement — using a prosthetic joint made of metals, ceramics, and hard plastics
If you are experiencing pain or locking in your jaw, or dysfunction in the joint, and you've explored nonsurgical options for an extended period of time, you are a likely candidate for TMJ surgery. Most frequently, your personal dentist may suggest surgery.
The Surgeons at TMJ,with their extensive training in facial form and function, are a good resource to help diagnosis your TMJ disorder. We may order special imaging studies to help evaluate any mechanical or anatomical abnormalities leading to your discomfort.
We may also refer you to other medical, dental, or physical therapy specialists to help guide us down the path that’s most appropriate in your particular situation. Treatment may range from conservative, meaning diet/lifestyle modifications, to more invasive procedures such as arthrocentesis or open joint surgery/arthroplasty.
Prior to surgery, it is advisable to consult with anOral and Maxillofacial surgeon to learn whether surgery is the best option for your recovery.Our staff is well experienced in this field and in helping those who have been suffering from temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), specifically arthritic degeneration of the temporomandibular joints (TMJ).
Most commonly, the patient will not have to be hospitalized. They will receive general anesthesia and go home the same day. The main goal at our office is to assess your pain and provide you with treatment that will enable you to have a healthier, pain-free jaw.
Surgery is always the last resort. It is only recommended when other therapies have not produced the desired results.
All TMJ surgery procedures are performed by qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeons to ensure that the highest quality of care is delivered to each and every patient.