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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
202 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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Tmj surgery (Tip)

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
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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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Dr. Harold Peltan Dr. Peltan
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Tmj surgery (Tip)

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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Tmj surgery (Tip)

A soft diet, warm compresses, anti-inflammatory medications and stress reduction often help tmj. ...See 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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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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Dr. Gary Chapman Dr. Chapman
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Tmj surgery (Tip)

If you suffer from TMJ issues, less chewing is better. Smaller bites, softer foods, no gum chewing. ...See 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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Tmj surgery (Tip)

Typically, dentist know more about the TMJ then physicians. ...See 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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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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Tmj surgery (Tip)

Many times the best treatment is orthodontics, but optimize the TMJ before tooth alignment. ...See 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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Tmj surgery (Tip)

Changing the bite is no longer supported by evidence to treat TMJ problems. ...See more

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Will there be a scar on cheek after TMJ surgery?

Will there be a scar on cheek after TMJ surgery?

Probably not: The traditional approach to TMJ surgery utilizes the same exact incision used for face lifts, so the incision and healing are very cosmetic in nature and usually don't heal with much scarring at all. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
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Tmj surgery (Tip)

Steroid injections directly into the joint can help with inflammation in tmj. ...See more