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What to expect with tmj discectomy?

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Dr. James Bates answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Tmj discectomy is a form of arthroplasty, but instead of repairing the disc, it is removed. You'll have some pain but it should be manageable. You'll need a very soft diet and active range of motion exercises for several weeks. However, the long term results are generally good.

Answered Aug 19, 2018

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Dr. Kim Capehart answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Tmj discectomy is the removal of the disk that cushions the joint. This is usually a more radical procedure with up to 2-3 week recovery time and several months for tissue to fill the joint. During the healing time your bones will rub and grind together and once healed, you may be able to use jaw within a month to six week following surgery.

Answered Apr 17, 2018

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Dr. Duane Keller answered

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Removing the disc in your TMJ is not a good idea and should be avoided if possible. This procedure not only places the joint in a compromised position, but will increase the possibility of arthritis and degenerative changes. I would seek other opinions. You might look up dr. Larry wolford in dallas and get his opinion. I wold not recommend doing this to anyone.

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Dr. Louis Gallia answered

Specializes in Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

Expect improvement in most cases. Less noise, less pain. Better opening. Make sure you have a very experienced surgeon.

Answered Apr 17, 2018

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