If you are suffering from TMJ syndrome your doctor or dentist may have recommended that you have TMJ surgery. However, all non-surgical treatments should be exhausted before considering TMJ Surgery.
DID YOU TRY NON-SURGICAL TMJ DISORDER (TMD) TREATMENT?
At Oasis Dental, Dr. Soordhar will provide non-surgical TMJ Disorder (TMD) treatment.
Drs. Soordhar and Soordhar can successfully and gradually treat and manage TMD through several non-surgical options, any of which can potentially dramatically improve the harmony and function of your jaw, head and neck. After confirming a TMD diagnosis through a TMJ evaluation form and examination and imaging (TMJ MRI or TMJ CBCT), Oasis Dental can determine an appropriate treatment recommendation including home care.
Our treatment options are all designed to initially relieve pain, spasms and dysfunction of the head and neck muscles while stabilizing the TMJ:
• Dental orthotics (i.e., TMJ splint, bite plate, anterior positioning appliance)
• Orthopedic and Orthodontic (Braces)
• Retraining oral and body posture
• Myofascial Trigger Point Treatment
• Acupuncture (needle and needless)
• Electrical muscle stimulation (HV, pre-modulated and interferential current)
• Ultrasound and Phonophoresis
• Myofascial Trigger Point Injections
• Spray and Stretch
• Home care stretching and lifestyle modifications
• Stress management
Know The Basics
When you are told that you will require TMJ surgery there are many basic questions that you should be prepared to ask:
1. Why you need the surgery?
2. Exactly what type of surgery is being recommended (You should not agree to just anything)
3. What non-surgical treatment options do you have?
4. Have the underlying factors been eliminated or reduced?
It is best to best well informed before heading into the surgery. You should not worry that asking your medical provider many questions will upset them. They are used to having these questions asked and will be more than happy to answer your questions.
Have A Pros And Cons List
Before agreeing to have this type of surgery it is a good idea to make a list of pros and a list of cons. These questions will help you make these lists and decide if TMJ surgery will be the best option for you.
• Are there any benefits to having this type of surgery?
• Are there any risks associated with the surgery?
• If I opt to have the surgery what will happen? Will the pain get worse?
• Are the success rates for this procedure high?
• If the surgery does not work what will happen?
Once you have these questions answered making your list of the pros and cons will be easy and you should be able to make the decision on whether or not to have the surgery.
Be Sure To Get The Details
Getting the details of the surgery is just as important as finding out what the surgery is all about. One of the first concerns you should have is what type of anesthesia will be given. You will also want to ask how long it should take you to recover. This will probably be an estimate only as each person recovers at a different pace. You will also want to understand what type of results you should expect. Will the jaw pain be gone and will the jaw function better.
When you are facing something as serious as TMJ surgery you should consider all options and maybe even get a second opinion. This way you will know for sure that you are making the best choice and decision for your medical well-being.
You should remember that the more prepared you are the better prepared you will be for what you will be facing before, during and after the surgery. You will be less nervous and be able to focus on your recovery easier to get you back on the road to feeling better.