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Do you have to have surgery for tmj?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
6 doctors agree

In brief: Very last resort

The first thing in treatment is a soft diet, antiinflammatory medicines, ice to the jaw and consultation with a dentist.
There is a special mouth guard called an nti device which is very helpful in preventing jaw clenching and spasm. Physical therapy is also helpful.

In brief: Very last resort

The first thing in treatment is a soft diet, antiinflammatory medicines, ice to the jaw and consultation with a dentist.
There is a special mouth guard called an nti device which is very helpful in preventing jaw clenching and spasm. Physical therapy is also helpful.
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Most cases of TMJ (temperomandibular joint) pain does not require surgery.
Most cases can me managed conservatively with ice, anti-inflammatory medications, and rest. See your doctor or TMJ specializing dentist for your best treatment options.

In brief: No

Most cases of TMJ (temperomandibular joint) pain does not require surgery.
Most cases can me managed conservatively with ice, anti-inflammatory medications, and rest. See your doctor or TMJ specializing dentist for your best treatment options.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. James Courey
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: It depends

There are many factors to consider. Surgery for TMJ is extremely aggressive and invasive.
I would exhaust other treatment options like an oral appliance to adjust jaw position or Botox injections to relive discomfort. Be certain you are seeing a prosthodontists and/or oral surgeon to explain your specific treatment options.

In brief: It depends

There are many factors to consider. Surgery for TMJ is extremely aggressive and invasive.
I would exhaust other treatment options like an oral appliance to adjust jaw position or Botox injections to relive discomfort. Be certain you are seeing a prosthodontists and/or oral surgeon to explain your specific treatment options.
Dr. James Courey
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not usually

Usually TMJ problems can be treated conservatively.
There are a couple of disorder that require surgery primarily. The best approach in most TMD is to try most forms of non-surgical treatment first.

In brief: Not usually

Usually TMJ problems can be treated conservatively.
There are a couple of disorder that require surgery primarily. The best approach in most TMD is to try most forms of non-surgical treatment first.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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