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Temporomandibular Joint Surgery

Dental Procedures, Temporomandibular Joint

The temporomandibular joints are articulations between the jaw and the temporal bones, which are the bones on the lowest part of the side of the skull. These joints are important because they are the ones that give the jaw its flexibility and allow us to speak and chew. The most important part of the temporomandibular joint is the articular disk, an oval shaped disk formed of fibrocartilage that unites the jawbone and the temporal bone and that allows them to interact without causing friction.

The most common disorder in a temporomandibular joint is the displacement of the articular disk. This usually causes a lot of pain and in some cases, swelling. Typical treatment involves surgical intervention.

Patients will need to be evaluated and approved before surgery takes place. The surgery is conducted at our premises and requires general anesthesia. It doesn’t last more than one hour and the patients can usually walk after it, although it is recommended that the patients spends the rest of the day and probably the next one resting. Antibiotics and painkillers may need to be taken for about a week after the surgery. Some activities, like running or exercise may need to be avoided for some time.