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Surgical Options for TMD Pain

Posted on 4/23/2018 by Palisades Surgical Arts
TMD Palisades Surgical Arts CA 90272Temporomandibular disorders or TMD have become quite common nowadays. TMD is a term used to define abnormalities in the masticatory area. You may have heard about the temporomandibular joint or TMJ syndrome, and this one is a subset of TMD.

At the outset, we should point out that surgery is the last option. The wrong diagnosis will aggravate, not alleviate, your condition.

Does TMD Necessarily Require Surgery?

We do not recommend surgery right away in cases of temporomandibular disorders if a conservative approach will be sufficient to address the problem.

For instance, we have to determine if you have some muscle problems that may impact on the movement of your jaw; sometimes they intersect with any problems in the joint itself. Improper diagnosis will result to improper procedure, and your problem will not go away.

Nevertheless, one surgical option is called condylotomy. We will recommend surgery when pain is already debilitating or jaw movement is no longer possible. Broken jaw or displacement of a bone in the jaw will also require surgery.

Another option is Arthrocentesis procedure, which does not necessarily use a scalpel, but is still invasive in nature. You will have to go to an oral and maxillofacial specialist for this procedure.

Arthroscopy can also be employed, which involves cutting scar tissue or shearing off a part of the disc.
The main purpose of TMD surgery is to provide pain relief, bring back the normal function of your jaw, and repair any problem with the structural integrity of your mouth and jaw.

If you suspect symptoms of temporomandibular disorders, schedule an appointment with us immediately. In most cases, we try to adopt a conservative approach. We will exhaust all possible options before we even recommend a surgical procedure.

In some cases of TMD, splint therapy, jaw exercises (which are part of the overall physical therapy), relaxing the jaw muscles or resting the jaw proved to be effective.
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