TMJ open surgery, also known as open-joint arthroplasty, is a surgery done to repair, reposition, replace, or remove parts in a joint. The procedure is typically done to treat temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Let’s take a look at what exactly the surgery is and when it would need to be done to your TMJ in Aventura.
How is the Surgery Performed?
During open-joint arthroplasty of the jaw, an incision is made in the skin to expose the jaw joint. The surgeon may repair, reposition, or replace the disc with your own tissue or an artificial disc. Scar tissue or bony growths in the jaw joint can also be removed. The procedure is usually done under general anesthesia and an overnight stay in a hospital is not required.
Why Does It need to Be Done?
The surgery is performed in the following situations:
- There are bony growths within the jaw joint. Such growths are hard to reach with arthroscopic methods.
- Complications from a previous surgery occur, such as the failure of an artificial joint replacement.
- The joint is fused together by bony growth.
- The joint is not accessible with arthroscopic surgery.
What to Expect After Surgery?
After surgery, medicines are prescribed to relieve pain and reduce swelling. Physical therapy can be started within 48 hours to maintain movement and prevent scar tissue from forming. Sometimes a mouthpiece will be used while rehabilitation is happening.
Are You Having Problems with Your TMJ in Aventura?
At Oral Facial, we offer TMJ open surgery. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.