Do I Need TMJ Surgery?


Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) is a term used generically to describe pain in the joint or jaw region. Symptoms associated with TMJ disorder typically include difficulty in opening and closing mouth, discomfort while chewing, a clicking or popping sound when opening or closing the mouth, headache and earache.

For a person who believes they may have TMD, the good news is that the first course of action is conservative, non-surgical actions and therapies:

  1. Educate yourself regarding what TMJ disorder is and is not by reviewing the information on the Austin Oral Surgery website.
  2. Visit your primary dentist and/or other dentist specializing in TMJ. If you do not have a primary dentist and/or need a referral to a TMJ specialist, we are happy to provide suggestions.
  3. Complete conservative therapies recommended by your dentist, which may include:
    1. Self-help including rest, ice and exercise
    2. Muscle Relaxer
    3. Splint Therapy
    4. Physical Therapy

For most patients, by consulting with their dentist and/or a TMJ specialist and following recommended conservative therapies, they are able to resolve their TMD symptoms. In rare cases, however, surgery may be the only solution.

If you do not have satisfactory relief after undergoing the recommended duration of conservative treatments outlined above, your dentist may decide it’s time to refer you to an oral surgeon to determine whether you’re a surgical candidate. The surgical team at Austin Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has extensive training and experience in every aspect of TMJ surgery. Call us today to learn more about TMJ symptoms and treatment options.