Surgery options for TMD
If you have very severe and persistent issues with TMD, you may be referred to an oral or maxillofacial surgeon to discuss wider treatment options.
Arthrocentesis is a procedure which washes out the joint. Small needles containing fluid are inserted directly into the joint and the fluid washes away any debris that may be causing pain.
TENS can treat TMD through the use of an electrical pulse to ‘massage’ the muscles in the face.
Arthroscopy has been known to be as effective as open-joint surgery. It works by inserting a thin tube, called an arthroscope into the joint via a small incision. This tiny tube is filled with fibre optics that provide a camera and light by which the surgeon can operate. They work using small instruments to complete the procedure with minimal invasion.
Open-joint surgery is usually only an option if the problem is structural. This is performed under a general anaesthetic in order to make an incision to expose the jaw joint. From here, a surgeon may reposition or repair an problems with the joint, or remove bony substances. If the joint hinge has been damaged or altered so much as it is permanently hindering movement, the surgeon may need to insert an artificial replacement. As with any surgery, this involves more risks than the other options. This will be discussed in depth with your Portman Dental & Implant Clinic dentist, should it be an option.
If you experience pain in your jaw, contact your Portman Dental & Implant Clinic dentist for an assessment and to discuss available treatment. Make an appointment today with your dentist.