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Surgical Solutions for TMJ Disorder

Posted on 6/15/2024 by Madison Oral Surgery & Dental Implants
3D rendered xray of a skull with the TMJ highlightedTemporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder can disrupt daily life, causing discomfort and difficulty with simple tasks like chewing or speaking. While many cases of TMJ disorder can be managed with conservative treatments such as lifestyle changes, physical therapy, and medications, surgical interventions may be necessary for more severe or persistent cases.

Surgical Options Available for Addressing TMJ Disorder


Arthrocentesis, a minimally invasive procedure, involves the insertion of a tiny needle into the temporomandibular joint to irrigate and remove debris. This technique alleviates pain and improves jaw function by reducing inflammation and promoting joint mobility. It is a relatively quick procedure performed under local anesthesia, offering rapid relief for individuals experiencing acute TMJ symptoms. Recovery time is typically short, allowing patients to resume their daily activities soon after treatment.


Arthroscopy, another surgical option for TMJ disorder, utilizes a small camera inserted into the joint through a tiny incision. This allows the surgeon to visualize the internal structures of the joint and address any abnormalities, such as displaced discs or damaged cartilage. Through specialized instruments, the surgeon can repair the joint, remove adhesions, or perform other necessary procedures to restore optimal function. Arthroscopy offers the advantage of precise diagnosis and targeted treatment while minimizing trauma to surrounding tissues.

Open-Joint Surgery

In more severe cases of TMJ disorder, open-joint surgery may be recommended. This involves a larger incision to directly access the joint, allowing for extensive repair or reconstruction. While considered a more invasive approach, open-joint surgery may be necessary for complex or advanced cases where other treatments have been ineffective. The procedure aims to correct structural abnormalities, such as bone deformities or severe disc displacement, to alleviate pain and restore jaw function.

Surgical treatments for TMJ disorder aim to alleviate pain, restore function, and improve the overall quality of life for affected individuals. If you are experiencing persistent TMJ symptoms despite conservative treatments, consulting with our oral and maxillofacial surgeon can help determine if surgical intervention is appropriate for you.

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