What are the types of TMJ surgical procedures?

When other oral and therapy methods to treat TMJ fail, Dr. Adatrow can suggest you for surgical procedures.
  • Arthrocentesis: This is the process in which a fluid is inserted through the needles into the joint to remove inflammatory by-products and debris.
  • TMJ arthroscopy: In this surgery, a small and thin tube is placed in the joint space, a type of small device is used to insert an arthroscope and defects are corrected.
  • Modified condyloma: This surgery is done on the mandible (lower jaw) instead of joint; hence it is indirect surgery treatment of TMJ
  • Disc repositioning: In this, Dr. Adatrow will place the disc back at the right place and then stitches it.
  • Open-joint surgery: Dr. Adatrow might suggest you open joint surgery to treat your jaw or replace the joint, if you are relived by other treatments.

When is surgery recommended for TMJ disorder?

If your symptoms of TMD severely affect your life and wellbeing and not relieved by other conservative treatments then Dr.Adatrow might recommend TMJ surgery. Dr.Adatrow believes in conservative therapy. However, if jaw joint degeneration is beyond repair and unresponsive to conservative treatments, then he might assess the need for surgery.

Who should seek surgical treatment for TMJ?

Patient who are suffering from the one or more of the following symptoms are candidates for surgery:
  • If you are feeling intense pain in your jaw regularly
  • You are not able to open and close your mouth due to intense pain.
  • You are not able to open your mouth and chew food due to pain in your jaw.
  • The pain in your jaw is getting worse day by day, or you are not able to move your jaw so he can advise you to go for surgery.
  • Your jaw is misaligned due to any injury, latest dental surgery, or due to any other reason.

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