TMJ Problems

If your TMJ disorder has caused problems with how your teeth occlude together, you may need treatment such as bite adjustment (equilibration), orthodontics with or without jaw reconstruction, or dental rehabitilation.

Surgery is generally reserved for patients with severe locking symptoms and/or pain not responding to conservative medications. Procedures may range from arthrocentesis (rising joint) to open-joint surgery. One of the most successful, yet conservative TMJ surgical procedures is called modified condylotomy. It helps reduce pain and locking symptoms by increasing the space within the joint. It does not involve an incision on the face, thus reducing scarring both of the skin and inside the joint.