TMJ pain. Surgery should always be a last option. See your dentist or a tmj/tmd specialist. Most TMJ pain is a result of bruxism (chronic teeth grinding and/or clenching). Initial treatment consists of a bite evaluation and a bruxism splint to be worn at night and possibly during the day. Also an evaluation for sleep apnea. If necessary, x-rays of the TMJ to evaluate for any damage.
Yes, but. Surgery very effective but non-surgical treatment better. Surgery reserved for cases that non-surgical treatment can't help. A good TMJ surgeon (me) is in Sacramento, CA.