TMJ Surgery


The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a small joint that permits the lower jaw(mandible) to move and function.  It is located in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet.

TMJ disorders are not uncommon and have a variety of symptoms. Patients may complain of earaches, headaches and limited ability to open their mouth. They may also complain of clicking or grating sounds in the joint and feel pain when opening and closing their mouth. What must be determined, of course, is the cause.

Many factors can play a role in TMJ discomfort.  The Surgeons at Northwest Oral and Facial Surgery, with their extensive training in facial form and function, are a good resource to help diagnosis your TMJ disorder.  We may order special imaging studies to help evaluate any mechanical or anatomical abnormalities leading to your discomfort.  We may also refer you to other medical, dental or physical therapy specialist to help guide us down the path most appropriate in your particular situation.  Treatment may range from conservative, meaning diet modification, to more invasive procedures such as arthrocentesis or open joint surgery/arthroplasty.

Please click here to visit the AAOMS website for more information on TMJ disorders.

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