Our treatment plan for TMJ disorders is extremely thorough and deliberate. We believe that achieving the very best outcome hinges on fully understanding our patients and their health.
- Dr. Holtzen -
What separates The Surgical Arts Centre from other medical facilities that treat TMJ disorders?
We believe that there are three things: our medical professionals, our state-of-the-art facility, and our caring and thorough treatment model. Each of our patients will go through the following process as we examine and treat their TMJ health issue:
- Evaluation. There are a multitude of causes of TMJ pain and in many cases, TMJ pain involves more than one factor. For this reason, we conduct thorough evaluations on our patients before beginning treatment. These evaluations often include an interview with the patient, a review of the patient’s medical history, measurements, x-rays, and additional tests. The results of these evaluations will lead us to the best treatment plan possible.
- Treatment Plan. We often begin our treatment process with conservative, non-surgical management of your TMJ disorder. This may involve lifestyle changes, such as an altered diet or reduced stress, or medications, such as anti-inflammatories or anti-depressants. Non-surgical solutions may also include physical therapy, stress management therapy, or dental appliances, such as a bite guard or splint.
- Surgery. If our non-surgical interventions are not fully relieving your pain, discomfort, and other symptoms, and if we determine that the root cause of your TMJ pain will likely be alleviated through surgery, we will recommend one of two operations: arthroscopic surgery or open-joint surgery. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery performed through a narrow tube. While this surgery involves smaller incisions and a shorter recovery time, it is only applicable in a very limited number of cases. Open-joint surgery may result in a longer recovery but is necessary to fix more complex jaw joint issues.
- Recovery. The details of your recovery will depend upon your individual surgery. In most cases, you will not need to stay in our facility overnight and can begin your recovery at home. Like many surgeries, you may experience swelling, discomfort, redness, and tenderness in the days and weeks after your procedure. Our doctors will monitor you closely for signs of complications and to make certain you are regaining your full health. A soft diet is prescribed for 4-6 weeks following surgery and most patients can return to their regular diet in 8-12 weeks. Depending upon the scope of your surgery, the results of the operation may not be apparent until your jaw has time to heal.
- Evaluation. After your surgery, our medical team will follow your recovery to make sure that your treatment continues to move you toward the best possible outcome. No medical treatments or surgeries are ever successful 100 percent of the time, and some patients may need continued therapies, alternative treatments, or follow-up procedures.
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We understand that chronic TMJ pain is a debilitating and complex problem – and we are dedicated to helping patients from across the country understand and eliminate their TMJ disorder, whether or not a surgical solution is the right answer.
We want to hear your story and help start you down the road of recovery.