Are you suffering from TMJ disorder?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. The temporomandibular joint disorder is a group of conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint. TMJ disorders can cause various symptoms, including pain, clicking or popping in the jaw, difficulty opening or closing the jaw, ear pain, and headaches.
When symptoms of TMJ trouble appear, consult an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS). A specialist in the areas of the mouth, teeth, and jaws, your OMS has the expertise to diagnose the problem correctly. TMJ disorders can be complex and may require different diagnostic procedures. Special imaging studies of the joints may be ordered, and appropriate referral to other dental or medical specialists or a physical therapist may be made.
If you are suffering from TMJ disorder, several treatments can be provided by Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons here at UTMB. In some cases, surgery may be necessary.
What is TMJ surgery?
TMJ surgery is a procedure that is used to repair or replace the temporomandibular joint. There are various types of TMJ surgery, and the type of surgery that is right for you will depend on the severity of your condition.
What are the benefits of TMJ surgery?
If you are suffering from severe TMJ disorder, TMJ surgery can provide several benefits, including:
- Pain relief
- Improved jaw function
- Reduced headaches
- Improved quality of life
If you are considering TMJ surgery, it is essential to talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of the procedure. Your doctor can help you decide if TMJ surgery is right for you.
Here are some of the most common types of TMJ surgery:
- Arthroscopy: is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a small camera and surgical instruments to view and repair the TMJ.
- Arthrocentesis: is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a small needle to flush the joints. This helps to reduce inflammation and pain. In some cases, a corticosteroid medication may also be injected into the joint.
- Open-joint surgery: Open-joint surgery is a more invasive procedure that involves making a larger incision in the jaw to access the TMJ.
- Discectomy: A discectomy is a procedure that removes the disc in the TMJ.
- Disc replacement: A disc replacement is a procedure that replaces the disc in the TMJ with an artificial disc.
- Total or Partial Joint Replacement: In the most severe cases, patients may benefit from a total joint replacement.
The recovery time for TMJ surgery varies depending on the type of surgery that is performed. You can generally expect to be hospitalized one to two days after surgery. You will also need to take time off from work and other activities.
If you are considering TMJ surgery, finding a qualified surgeon with experience performing these procedures is crucial. Dr. Hisham Marwan and Dr. Camilo Mosquera are fully trained in both non-surgical and surgical management of TMJ disorder and provide the best care to the patients at UTMB.