Should I smoke after having a TMJ surgery?

Oral cancer may mess. Up all that good work your doctor did for you!
Never. Smoking constricts blood vessels, which compromises the blood supply to healing tissues, and destroys the body's vitamin c reserves, which the body needs for the healing of tissues.
Of course not! Smoking after general anesthesia increases the risk of pulmonary problems such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Plus, smoking delays and impairs wound healing. Bad idea.
NO. No! nuff said. Don't substitute with gum chewing either. Follow your surgeon's instructions!
Sure. Smoking will slow healing down in some cases. With TMJ surgery it shouldn't affect healing or the surgical result.
Not really. Smoking is prohibited post operative, since it compromise healing and cause other problems too..
No. The inhaling of the cigarette/cigar/pipe etc., is not recommended. It can slow down or inhibit healing.

Related Questions

Should I wear my splint after having a TMJ surgery?

Probably, yes. It depends on what operation you have or had. With arthroscopy, you definitely need to wear your splint. With an arthroplasty, depending on whether or not the disc is removed or tied back, your splint may need to be adjusted. Your TMJ surgeon should advise you on whether or not to wear your splint or have it adjusted after TMJ surgery. If it's improperly adjusted, it may cause more harm than good.
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.
Depends. I would want to get the definitive answer from the oral surgeon or surgeon who did the TMJ surgery. Let him/her know whether the splint was working or not, which could be counter productive to healing.
Maybe. I agree with the other 3 answers. The best answer would be from your surgeon. Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

How painful is TMJ surgery afterwards?

It depends. As with all pain, your pain after TMJ surgery is multifactorial and depends on a lot of factors, including how much pain you are in before surgery and how you handle pain in general. After TMJ arthroscopy there is very little pain for only a few days. Open joint surgery, or arthroplasty, will result in more pain for a longer period of time. But for most patients that need TMJ surgery it's worth it.
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.
What type of surgery. Less invasive surgery (flushing out the joint) may not bee too painful. Invasive joint surgery can be almost debilitating and it is especially important to also remember to treat why the joints were compromised in the first place. You must treat both the causes (why it went bad) as well as the tissue injury (joint injury equals the effect).
Depends. Depends on the type of surgery. Arthrocentesis (flushing out the joint) - minimal pain. Arhroscopic surgery (with a scope) mild pain. Arthroplasty (open surgery) moderate-marked pain.

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

Several ways. Only your TMJ specialist can determine whether or not surgery would be helpful. Most patients don't need surgery. However, if the disc is displaced or the jaw is "locked", surgery such as arthroscopy or arthroplasty has a high success rate in relieving pain and restoring normal function. A TMJ MRI is the best way to visualize the inside of the joint and will help determine the need for 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.
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.
Look at all options. Tmj surgery with or without replacement is high risk surgery. Your surgeon should be able to give more exact idea of success rates. Get other opinions, including non-surgical choices and doing nothing. List the benefits and the risks with each choice and go with the one that you are most comfortable with.
Intolerable symptoms. Tmj surgery is not "high risk". A fallacy. If your symptoms are intolerable, if you have had indicated conservative treatment but your pain persists - see a conservative TMJ surgeon to explore your options.

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.
Get involved. The surgeon must write a letter of medical necessity to your insurance carrier. He/she must describe in detail the nature of your specific problem, the procedure he/she is to perform, and your prognosis. If this is initially denied you can appeal. It may be a good idea to have your employer (assuming they have the contract) get involved and complain if your claim is not approved.
Need consult. You will need a consult and after your examination, I am sure the receptionist at the surgeons will discuss insurance with you. A predetermination may be required. Also, call your insurance agent.
Depends. It depends on your location and your insurance company. Some states mandate treating the TMJ like any other joint (california). Your surgeon must submit documentation of the diagnosis, imaging studies, evidence of lack of response to previous conservative modalities, and evidence of the problems negatively impacting your quality of life.

What is the definition or description of: TMJ surgery?

Repair jaw joint. Tmj surgery would be surgery performed r to repair the members of the tempero-mandibular (jaw) joint which can be damaged by acute or chronic trauma (clenching and grinding, or arthritis) to allow normal, or better function. Usually performed by an oral or maxillo-facial surgeon, often together with an orthodontist or prosthodontist.
Many things. There many types of TMJ surgery depending upon the reason (s) for the surgery. This joint between the base of the skull and the lower jaw is unlike any other joint because it is a sliding joint. Tmj surgery may involve bone, muscle, tendons or the disc that allows the joint to move. It may involve replacing some parts of the joint.
Jaw joint surgery. Tmj surgery involving opening of the joint is sometimes used to improve the function of a jaw joint that has restricted range of motion or to repair a jaw joint that has undergone significant breakdown. It may sometimes be recommended only as a last resort when all other conservative therapies have been attempted and exhausted.
Surgery of jaw joint. There are multiple types of surgery depending upon the diagnosis. They include arthrocentisis, arthoscopic surgery, open joint surgery, and joint replacement. Each has it's own advantages and disadvantages. I have treated over 2400 patients for TMJ problems and have found surgery to rarely be needed. I refer a patient only after the non surgical options have been exhausted.
Treat the Cause. Joints usually do not go bad on their own it is necessary to find the cause (s) that compromised the joint and address all of these issues in the treatment. Surgery to the joint without treating the cause (s) is treating the effect (joint damage) not the cause (why the joint was compromised).
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.

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

Getting the coverage. Medical insurance some thing simple ' you pay for it you get it' and is no mystery to solve.
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.
TMJSurgery Insurance. Most med insurance covers TMJ surgery. Check your eob (explanastion of benefits). Most require a pre-authorization including diagnosis, pertinent x-rays, and proof of failure of non-surgical treatment. If due to a motor vehicle injury, the auto insurance may cover the treatment.

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

Maybe. This surgery repositions the disc, but unless the reason the disc displaced in the first place is determined and rectified, it probably won't last!
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.
Sometimes. A displaced disc without reduction may improve spontaneously. If you need surgery, usually arthroscopic surgery will work - much smaller procedure. If open surgery required, results are usually permanent.

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.
Pain prior. It is common to have post surgical pain and it will depend on how traumatic the surgery was. However headaches are usually related to myofascial pain in chronic pain patients. This type of temporomandibular disorder does not improve with surgery. It is important to talk to your surgeon and check what was the diagnosis and the possible need for further treatment such as physical therapy.
Yes and... Your symptoms should continue to improve with time. If not see your surgeon again.
Normal. It's still normal to have some TMJ pain and headaches 3 weeks after TMJ surgery. Follow instructions and make your follow up appointments.