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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Tmj Surgery (Overview)

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.


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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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Dr. Louis Gallia
199 doctors shared insights

Tmj Surgery (Overview)

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.


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Managing TMJ (Tip)

Managing TMJ

Avoid surgery. The most common TMJ problems arise from spondyloarthritis, especially psoriatic a! ...See more

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Managing TMJ (Checklist)

Rest mouth from hard foods
Daily
Try OTC pain meds
Daily
Get a diagnosis and treatment from an experienced dentist
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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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Managing TMJ (Tip)

Managing TMJ

Most TMJ pain goes away by itself. ...See 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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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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Managing TMJ (Tip)

Managing TMJ

A soft diet, warm compresses, anti-inflammatory medications and stress reduction often help tmj. ...See more