Advanced TMJ disorders may require a TMJ procedure called an arthroplasty. In a TMJ arthroplasty, a small incision is made into the joint space to reshape the anatomy of the joint under general anesthesia. Dr. Lohr performs this procedure which may include reshaping the joint, repositioning or replacing the TMJ disc, or removal of cysts/tumors. We are able to treat patients including those with:
- TMJ pain
- TMJ osteoarthritis
- History of TMJ trauma
- Previously failed surgery
- Foreign body removal
- TMJ pathology including cysts/tumors
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED AN ARTHROPLASTY?
Your first appointment with us will be a consultation where Dr. Lohr will evaluate your TMJ problem. Fortunately, most TMJ problems do not require surgery but may require medications, physical therapy, splints, or special diets. Once determining the cause of your TMJ problem, we will let you know what treatment we recommend, educate you about the recommended treatment and discuss all questions you may have about your diagnosis or treatment.
Patients who require a TMJ arthroplasty may experience the following symptoms or problems before seeing us:
- TMJ pain
- TMJ popping, clicking or locking
- Limited mouth opening
- Previous trauma or surgery
- Previous TMJ surgery
WHAT TO EXPECT
Dr. Lohr performs this procedure under general anesthesia. We provide the. most advanced post-operative pain modalities specific to TMJ surgery to improve your recovery. Patients generally are observed for 1 night in the hospital to ensure pain is well controlled before going home. As with all procedures, before the surgery we will extensively review all aspects of the surgery, post-operative instructions and address any questions or concerns that you may have about the procedure.
If you suffer from a TMJ disorder or pain, please contact our clinic today! We are here to help improve your quality of life so you can get back to the activities you enjoy.