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A 24-year-old female asked:

How long does it take after a tmj arthroscopy not to feel any inflammation? how long does it take to feel fully recovered?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral &Maxillofacial Surgery 19 years experience
1-3 weeks: Every patient heals differently and also it depends on how severe your TMJ is. It can take months before you fully recover.
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 37 years experience
TMJ arthroscopy: Recovery after TMJ arthroscopy is fairly rapid. Most folks are able to return to work or school within a day or two. You should experience some swelling in front of the ear, with perhaps some redness or bruising. Inflammation usually peaks after 48-72 hours, then decreases slowly over a few days. Most people feel fully recovered within a week or so.
Dr. William Williams
Dentistry - Cosmetic 47 years experience
TMJ arthroscopy: The answer differs with each condition being treated by generally you should expect 6-10 weeks long enough. Many are sooner. Full recovery may not occur with just arthroscopy of the tmj. There may need to be supporting occlusal therapy of specific neuroumuscular techniques.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Within a week: If successful, full recovery within a week on average. Some cases are partially successful and your recovery may extend out weeks. It doesn't always work also.

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Last updated Feb 27, 2016

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