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Do you have to have surgery for tmj?

Do you have to have surgery for tmj?

Very last resort: The first thing in treatment is a soft diet, antiinflammatory medicines, ice to the jaw and consultation with a dentist. There is a special mouth guard called an nti device which is very helpful in preventing jaw clenching and spasm. Physical therapy is also helpful. ...Read more

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How do I go about getting surgery for tmj?

How do I go about getting surgery for tmj?

Get Best Surgeon: Make sure you've had adequate non-surgical treatment. Make sure you find the most experienced surgeon in your area. ...Read more

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What symptoms indicate that I need surgery for tmj?

What symptoms indicate that I need surgery for tmj?

Very few: The only time I would recommend open joint surgery is in cases (after all other more conservative approaches were tried) where there is severe restriction of opening or where the jaw joint has completely resorbed and is non- functional. Otherwise, as long as function is acceptable and a joint is present, I would continue to work with more non-invasive therapies. ...Read more

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What to do if I have tmj, can it be fixed without surgery?

What to do if I have tmj, can it be fixed without surgery?

Go conservative: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Proper diagnosis is the key for the successful treatment. See an orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and management. ...Read more

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Please tell me if I have TMJ dysfunciton and would I need surgery?

Please tell me if I have TMJ dysfunciton and would I need surgery?

A few ideas.: Depends on symptoms, and cause of symptoms. 3 signs of TMJ dysfunction: joint noises, joint pain & limited oral opening. Self treat with soft diet, jaw exercises, massage, heat/cold, OTC pain meds. A splint or physical therapy would be next. Occasionally muscle relaxants, biofeedback. Xrays are done for diagnosis. Surgery usually reserved for serious symptoms not responsive to other treatments. ...Read more

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What is the surgery to fix TMJ like? I've been told that to fix my tmj, I'm going to need surgery. What is that procedure usually like? How long is the recovery time? .

What is the surgery to fix TMJ like? I've been told that to fix my tmj, I'm going to need surgery. What is that procedure usually like? How long is the recovery time? .

Arthroscopic surgery: The best procedure in my opinion is arthroscopic surgery. Minimally invasive, low risk. High success rate. Small incision in front of ear. Recovery a couple of days. ...Read more

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Should I get surgery for tmj? The pain has gotten worse lately, but it’s still not usually too terrible. I’ve heard that sometimes surgery can cause worse problems than the tmj.

Should I get surgery for tmj? The pain has gotten worse lately, but it’s still not usually too terrible. I’ve heard that sometimes surgery can cause worse problems than the tmj.

It depends: There are many factors to consider. Surgery for TMJ is extremely aggressive and invasive. I would exhaust other treatment options like an oral appliance to adjust jaw position or Botox injections to relive discomfort. Be certain you are seeing a prosthodontists and/or oral surgeon to explain your specific treatment options. ...Read more

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How painful is TMJ surgery afterwards?

How painful is TMJ surgery afterwards?

Not bad: Like any surgery, there is discomfort for several days aftwerward. The doctor should prescribe a pain medication and give you post op instructions to follow to keep you as comfortable as possible following the procedure. You should feel gradual improvement every day following the surgery, if not, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Should I smoke after having a TMJ surgery?

Should I smoke after having a TMJ surgery?

Oral cancer may mess: Up all that good work your doctor did for you! ...Read more

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Is there a way to tell when you need TMJ surgery?

Detailed Consult: You will need a comprehensive evaluation, preferably with an oral surgeon that will include a detailed clinical examination with appropriate imaging studies to determine what type of TMJ disorder you have. After evaluation of your clinical findings and imaging studies, your surgeon can advise you if TMJ surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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How can I get a TMJ surgery paid for by insurance?

How can I get a TMJ surgery paid for by insurance?

TMJ surgery: Your otolaryngologist or oral maxillofacial surgeon will be your best avenue to submit any documentation requested by your insurance company and appeal any denial. Ultimately if your insurance company decides not to pay, you will need to discuss options with you surgeons. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: TMJ surgery?

What is the definition or description of: TMJ surgery?

Many options: The range of surgical options extends from jaw manipulation, arthrocentesis (flushing out joint), arthroscopic surgery, open surgery (arthroplasty) to total joint reconstruction. Tmj surgery should be rare, but indicated in cases of severe malfunction. ...Read more

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What are the risks of having surgery for TMJ disorder?

What are the risks of having surgery for TMJ disorder?

Tmj surgery: There are many risks associated with TMJ surgery. All other treatments should be explored first. Have you considered functional orthodontics. This is currently the best treatment for TMJ problems. ...Read more

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How can I get a TMJ surgery paid for by medical insurance?

How can I get a TMJ surgery paid for by medical insurance?

Work with surgeon: Your insurance company may require your TMJ surgeon to get preauthorization for surgery and provide documents regarding your condition. Authorization does not mean 100% of all the costs associated with your surgery will be paid. Check your plan, call your insurance company. ...Read more

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What to do if I have TMJ disorder, and it is killing me. Is there surgery to correct it?

What to do if I have TMJ disorder, and it is killing me. Is there surgery to correct it?

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. ...Read more

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Open TMJ surgery can help reposition a disc displaced anteriourly without reduction? Will it last this procedure? Thank you very much

Open TMJ surgery can help reposition a disc displaced anteriourly without reduction? Will it last this procedure? Thank you very much

Maybe: Oms's have done TMJ surgery to reposition the disc for years with varying results. Most oms's agree that the indication for TMJ surgery is loss of function with or without pain. The key requrement being loss of function. ...Read more

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What is the surgery for TMJ via arthroscopy like?

What is the surgery for TMJ via arthroscopy like?

Arthroscopic: Surgery to TMJ is a last resort proceedure for treatment of TMJ disorder depending upon dignisis but all option should be tried first. It is done artiscopically where a small incision is made (two) so they can view the area and go in and correct, remove pieces, repair, disc or whatever is necessary. ...Read more

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Is there any such thing as TMJ arthroscopic surgery?

Yes: Arthroscopic TMJ surgery has been around for decades in this country. Due to unique surgical skill set required to perform arthroscopic TMJ surgery, you may have to call around a few times before you find an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who can perform such cases. ...Read more

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Is TMJ fat graft surgery a common suregy and approved option?

Is TMJ fat graft surgery a common suregy and approved option?

Fat graft TMJ: The dermis fat graft TMJ surgery is a safe and effective procedure in the management of TMJ ankylosis. There is not enough scientific data is available, but procedure prevents re-ankylosis especially in children. For more information discuss details with your surgeon before signing inform consent. It is off label option. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is that ok if I hv same pain after my TMJ surgery. Nd how much time to need to recover it. Its been done 3 weeks ago bt still having headachs nd pain?

Is that ok if I hv same pain after my TMJ surgery. Nd how much time to need to recover it. Its been done 3 weeks ago bt still having headachs nd pain?

It is not unusual: Pain and discomfort are not uncommon after surgery due to swelling and surgical trauma. Pain should improve over time. You should talk to your surgeon regarding your symptoms. ...Read more

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Tmj arthroscopy surgery possible?

Yes: Tmj arthroscopy is possible in the hands of a trained and skilled surgeon. Debate continues as to the long term success of such surgery versus other similar procedures, so make sure to discuss all options with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How much pain is jaw advancement surgery for tmj?

How much pain is jaw advancement surgery for tmj?

Experienced surgeon: Very complex surgery in a complex problem. Make sure you have second and third surgical opinions. ...Read more

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Will there be a scar after TMJ surgery?

Will there be a scar after TMJ surgery?

Little if any: Most "tmj" surgeries are performed via an "inverted gull wing" style incision utilizing a small crease in front of the ear. This incision is the same one used for face lift procedures, so it is very cosmetic in nature. ...Read more

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How much does an arthroscopic TMJ surgery cost?

How much does an arthroscopic TMJ surgery cost?

It Depends: It depends on the type of arthroscopic surgery. Diagnostic arthroscopy where the joint is evaluated, flushed and manipulated costs around 2500-3500. Surgical arthroscopy where scar tissue removed, disc manipulated and/or sutured depending on the skill of the surgeon can cost up to 10000. ...Read more

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Should I wear my splint after having a TMJ surgery?

Unclear: There are too many variables to answer that question. It depends on what type of splint you have (there are dozens of different types) & what type of TMJ surgery you're going to have. There's no "one size fits all" answer to this question. Only your surgeon (perhaps in consultation with your dentist) can answer that question for you specifically. You may need a different type of splint afterwards. ...Read more

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Can I have impacted canine surgery with TMJ then get braces?

Can I have impacted canine surgery with TMJ then get braces?

Yes, you can: Impacted canines surgery can affect your function and appearance of your smile, but not TMJ. Braces are always first choice after this surgery. ...Read more

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With TMJ disorder, will the joint heal back in place after surgery?

Hopefully: That's the outcome the surgeon is looking for but doing surgery on the TMJ should be a last resort because sometimes it makes the problem worse. ...Read more

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How can I get a TMJ surgery paid for? Is it by dental or medical insurance?

Depends: Some insurance companies have specific exclusions and/or limited benefits for TMJ treatment and/or surgery.

If you require TMJ surgery, your surgeon's office can contact your insurance company and submit supporting documentation for the surgery. Unfortunately, your insurance company has the final say, whether it is a covered benefit or not. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for a TMJ surgery and time to bespent in the hospital?

What is the recovery time for a TMJ surgery and time to bespent in the hospital?

Be conservative: The majority of pain symptoms related with TMJ disorder can be alleviated with non-surgical, conservative treatment approaches. Surgery should be reserved for severe trauma cases (car accidents) where fractures are involved. Tmj therapy (in most cases) also does not involve extensive reconstructions or orthodontics. Be sure you're comfortable with the suggested options before proceeding. ...Read more

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How effective is fat graft TMJ surgery and does it involve. Thank you very much.

How effective is fat graft TMJ surgery and does it involve. Thank you very much.

Fat graft TMJ: The dermis fat graft TMJ surgery is a safe and effective procedure in the management of TMJ ankylosis. There is not enough scientific data is available, but procedure prevents re-ankylosis especially in children. For more information discuss details with your surgeon before signing inform consent. Good luck. ...Read more

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How much does a mandibular osteotomy surgery (for TMJ and overbite), cost in canada? Is is covered on health insurance?

How much does a mandibular osteotomy surgery (for TMJ and overbite), cost in canada? Is is covered on health insurance?

Surgery? Insurance?: I practice in the us and assume it would be a similar procedure in canada. I suggest you explore your situation in this way. Find the dentist\surgeon whom you respect and trust. See and consult a few if necessary. Get some recommendations. Discuss your situation, have them discuss the procedure and fees. You and their office staff can call your insurance company to discuss your coverage. ...Read more

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Which are the surgical methods of TMJ disc repositioning? Do you need an open surgery or it can be done by arthroscopy? Thank you very much.

Which are the surgical methods of TMJ disc repositioning? Do you need an open surgery or it can be done by arthroscopy? Thank you very much.

Depends: The specific problem and findings will dictate the treatment. Sometimes the disc is not repairable and needs to be removed and replaced. If the disc is ok, it first needs to be freed up and moved into its correct orientation. It is then secured there either by suturing, lasering, excising posterior tissue, cautery, etc. Some are done arthroscopically, some have to be done open. Key: lasts? ...Read more

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I have really bad tmj. The left side is totally off. And the right side is partially off. I go to an oral surgeon every 2 wks. When will surgery happen?

I have really bad tmj. The left side is totally off. And the right side is partially off. I go to an oral surgeon every 2 wks. When will surgery happen?

Ask surgeon: Ask the surgeon. You should have input from both a surgeon and non-surgeon TMJ expert. If you have failed good non surgical treatment, surgery will often help. Consider getting a second surgical opinion. ...Read more

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I need help from a TMJ surgery had TMJ surgery in 2000 been in pain since cannot eat work or sit up in pain all the time stay in bed all day could someone please help me.

I need help from a TMJ surgery had TMJ surgery in 2000 been in pain since cannot eat work or sit up in pain all the time stay in bed all day could someone please help me.

Need evaluation.: You have to see a very experienced TMJ surgeon - oral surgeon. A variety of non-surgical and surgical treatments will usually help. ...Read more

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I did stapdecomy surgery in the ear, can I make MRI for TMJ or no?

I did stapdecomy surgery in the ear, can I make MRI for TMJ or no?

Yes, you can: If your surgeon told you that a titanium implant was used, it is safe to have an MRI or CT scan for TMJ. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your surgeon for clarification. Good luck! ...Read more

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Will jaw alignment surgery help my tmj?

Will jaw alignment surgery help my tmj?

Very possibly: If your jaw is misaligned, and you have TMJ problems, then surgery to correct the misalignment, or orthognathic surgery, may very well help your TMJ symptoms. Our goal in treatment is to relieve pain and restore nomad function. If the jaws don't function properly because they don't line up with each other, then orthognathic surgery can be curative. Often times, jaw misalignment can cause TMJ probs. ...Read more

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Would jaw alignment surgery help my TMJ disorder?

Would jaw alignment surgery help my TMJ disorder?

Depends: Surgery should be considered the last resort for TMJ disorders. Sometimes there is no other choice, but I would seek out more than one opinion before having it done. ...Read more

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How much do jaw advancement surgery for TMJ hurt?

How much do jaw advancement surgery for TMJ hurt?

Very complex problem: Very complex problem. BEWARE if you are doing jaw advancement for TMJ. Make sure your surgeon is very sophisticated in this area. ...Read more

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My jaw pops when I open it. No pain. Just very annoying. Is this tmj? Do I need surgery?

No need for surgery: Its likely TMJ which can be treated with conservative treatment, specific exercises, dental appliances, and even manipulation. Surgery is last resort. ...Read more