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TMJ Surgery

By Edited Apr 7, 2016 0 0

For persons who suffer with TMJ Disorder, there are several types of TMJ Surgery can be performed to alleviate the teeth clenching and jaw pain as well as correct the misalignment of the jaws. Only consider this when every other kind of treatment for TMJ and jaw exercises have failed.

TMJ Surgery calls for general anesthesia but for people suffering from Diabetes, this may be difficult to perform so they would just have to wear splints, have physical therapy as well as take medications to ease their conditions. Here are some of the types of surgery that could be performed on people who suffers chronic pain brought about by TMJ Disorder:

Disc Repair
This type of TMJ Surgery repositions the jaws back to its normal state. Almost 90% of the patients who chose this kind of surgery experienced reduced pain.

Menistectomy
This surgery removes the entire disc and replaces it with an implant. 85% of the patients who chose this type experienced relief but 15% went back since pain is still present even after surgery.

Arthroscopic Surgery
This surgery loosens up the stickiness of the joint by inserting an instrument with a camera to easily scrape out the problematic factors that leads to TMJ Disorder.

Open Arthroplasty
This manner of surgery repositions the displaced jaw discs and puts it in its normal position and angle.

Arthrocentesis
This kind of surgery is the least invasive surgery of them all. Fluids are flushed throughout the inflamed area. Apart from this, to further decrease swelling, steroids are also introduced during the surgery.

Bone Reduction
This type preserves the disc's structure but removes some parts of the jaw bone as a means to re-align them.

Right after having the surgery, you can go back to your work as soon as the swelling subsides. You will be prescribed with painkillers to ease post-surgery trauma. Always keep frozen items like peas, carrots or icepacks to relieve swelling.

While waiting for your strength to come back, it would be best to keep yourself busy with non-strenuous activates like DVD marathon watching or put your iPod's battery life to the test. Refrain from sudden jaw movements in order for the muscles to generate properly. Surgery in any form has its own advantages and disadvantages since there are some instances when patients experience bleeding, infections and even damaged facial nerves. Be aware that in many cases the potential risks related to this surgery seriously outweigh the potential benefits, in other words the end pain is worse than the initial TMJ Symptoms. In addition, many who have undergone the procedure regret it and would not do it again if given the chance. It would be wise to go over all the pros and cons with your oral and maxillofacial surgeons before you undergo the TMJ Surgery.

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