No, surgery is absolutely NOT the only option for those suffering from TMJ Disorder. The root cause of the disorder needs to be properly determined by a dentist with the proper training to diagnose and treat TMJ. Look for a dentist who has training in neuromuscular dentistry, and who will assess the joint via CBCT. The bite has to be considered, with full muscle and joint testing with ultrasound, electromyography (EMGs), and computerized jaw tracking. A well trained neuromuscular dentist can help treat TMJ non-surgically by determining the root cause of the dysfunction and then addressing the functional disharmony between the muscles, joint, and teeth that is causing the TMJ/D.