What is TMD and how do I know if I have it?
TMD or temporomandibular joint dysfunction is often used generically to describe pain in the joint or jaw region that may be accompanied by a decrease in the ability to open your mouth, popping or clicking when opening and the inability to chew solid foods without discomfort. True temporomandibular joint dysfunction is due to misalignment or degeneration of structures within the joint. A complete temporomandibular joint evaluation by your oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a good way to attain a diagnosis.
Do all patients with TMD require surgery?
No, the majority of patients with TMD can be effectively treated with non-surgical measures. These measures include anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxers, a soft diet and physical therapy. In many cases, the above regimen can be initiated, and the patient can be managed by a dentist and physical therapist. Patients who require surgery are best managed by the oral surgeon.
If I undergo TMJ surgery, will I have noticeable scars?
In the majority of surgical cases, we use a very small camera and instruments that are placed through three or four very small (5mm) incisions just in front of the ear. The incisions are closed carefully, and nearly no scar is visible. In cases which require the joint to be opened, a hairline thin incision is placed in the crease where the front of the ear attaches in the side burn region. This incision is meticulously closed, and the resulting scar is very thin and placed in a natural skin crease.
How much will it cost? Will my insurance cover this?
Insurance preauthorization is performed through your oral surgeon’s office prior to performing the procedure. Austin Oral Surgery has a team of experts in the field of insurance coverage, and they will assist you in maximizing your insurance benefits.
Am I choosing the best surgeon for my surgical needs?
Austin Oral Surgery is comprised of a surgical team that is well-trained in every aspect of TMJ surgery. All TMJ surgery procedures are performed by 2 qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeons to ensure that the highest quality of care is delivered to each and every patient.
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