Dentist Questions TMJ

Is surgery a treatment for TMJ?

Since I was a kid, I had TMJ and I have been, mostly, coping with it in the best way I can. Is surgery a treatment for TMJ?

9 Answers

There are other methods of treatment for TMJ. Surgery is the last resort.
Typically, surgery is the last resort for TMJ problems. Splint therapy, physical therapy, orthodontics, and/or full mouth reconstruction are usually attempted before surgery is considered. In 30 years of practice, I have never referred any patient for TMJ surgery. I would see a TMJ specialist and even get two or three opinions before considering surgery.
It can be. But usually not my first option in treatment. I start off a lot less invasive initially. I have had a lot of success with oral appliances that are geared to work from a muscle rehabilitation stand point. Strengthening some muscles while creating atrophy in others. There are a lot of options how to approach TMJ and it's unfortunately very case specific. Hope this helps.

Surgery is one option.... It's best to see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon so they can determine your best course of treatment.
Hi there,

TMD is usually treated with a mouth guard. Different types are available and your dentist can determine what’s best for you. Botox can help if it is muscular in nature. Anti-inflammatory and warm compress helps in conjunction with mouth guard. The last resort is surgery and it is not always successful. I would recommend conservative treatment with a guard first.

Hope it helps.
Yes, for certain cases. This is less than 5% of patients with the problem.
Surgery is usually avoided as much as possible, but you should consult a TMJ specialist.
There is no specialty that deals with TMJ so it becomes a requirement to do some research as to who the best person in your general area is who might specialize in this difficult to diagnose area of Dentistry. Keep in mind that the treatment is vastly diverse and lends itself to quackery and many times by people who should not be treating it. I would have a consultation with two people an orthodontic specialists, and an oral surgeon answer which are eminently qualified to recommend a person who has great knowledge of treatment of the TMJ. This is not an area that lends itself 2 general dentistry