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What to do if i have tmj disorder, and it is killing me. is there surgery to correct it?

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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Last option: Tmj surgery should be the last option after all conservative procedures have been attempted. True, if there has been severe trauma, then some surgery cannot wait. A thorough history and exam, including x-rays, an mri, etc. May be needed to determine if surgery should be considered.
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 51 years experience
TMJ pain: Surgery should always be a last option. See your dentist or a tmj/tmd specialist. Most TMJ pain is a result of bruxism (chronic teeth grinding and/or clenching). Initial treatment consists of a bite evaluation and a bruxism splint to be worn at night and possibly during the day. Also an evaluation for sleep apnea. If necessary, x-rays of the TMJ to evaluate for any damage.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Yes, but: Surgery very effective but non-surgical treatment better. Surgery reserved for cases that non-surgical treatment can't help. A good TMJ surgeon (me) is in Sacramento, CA

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