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With TMJ disorder, during recovery will the joint heal back in right place?

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Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

The bite can often be corrected to a position that allows the disc to return to its natural position.
This is not always the case. Ligaments have been stretched, and there can be damage to the disc itself. More important than disc position is the relief of signs and symptoms, being pain free and having a full range of, motion.

In brief: Possibly

The bite can often be corrected to a position that allows the disc to return to its natural position.
This is not always the case. Ligaments have been stretched, and there can be damage to the disc itself. More important than disc position is the relief of signs and symptoms, being pain free and having a full range of, motion.
Dr. Gary Lederman
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Dr. David Schleimer
It is quite correct that the goal is to reduce pain and symptoms. Sadly, the investing structures surrounding the joint may be be permanently deranged. Interestingly, TMJ surgery for this is done much less now in favor of arthrocentesis or flushing out of inflammatory material, as the former can often leading to connective tissue scarring and reduced limitation of movement. If the disc, ligamental attachments and synovium are not in total disrepair, the joint may reduce to a a fairly normal position and function.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

Depends on the type of treatment.
Surgery is the only treatment that will put the disk back in position. But many non-surgical treatments will work quite well, even if the disk is not perfectly aligned.

In brief: Depends

Depends on the type of treatment.
Surgery is the only treatment that will put the disk back in position. But many non-surgical treatments will work quite well, even if the disk is not perfectly aligned.
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: Definitely, yes

Most people do not need injections or surgery and will get better with simple treatments and time without complications or wrong joint positioning in the Glenoid fossa.

In brief: Definitely, yes

Most people do not need injections or surgery and will get better with simple treatments and time without complications or wrong joint positioning in the Glenoid fossa.
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Daniel Sampson
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: It depends

Are you having surgery? The tm joint is a very complex joint.
Typically, if you are having surgery, the joint will not heal out of place. You may have a slight alteration in your bite afterwards that could be permanent, but this depends on your individual situation.

In brief: It depends

Are you having surgery? The tm joint is a very complex joint.
Typically, if you are having surgery, the joint will not heal out of place. You may have a slight alteration in your bite afterwards that could be permanent, but this depends on your individual situation.
Dr. Daniel Sampson
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Dr. Jayang Vora
Dentistry

In brief: Can not tell

It is impossible to answer your question.
There is a cause and effect. If solution of disorder is focused on cause then effect will be positive. Thanks.

In brief: Can not tell

It is impossible to answer your question.
There is a cause and effect. If solution of disorder is focused on cause then effect will be positive. Thanks.
Dr. Jayang Vora
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