Oral Surgery Associates
Private Service, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ syndrome)
Most patients with TMJ syndrome (facial pain affecting the jaw joints and muscles of the jaw) do not require surgery. Most patients either have a mainly muscular component often secondary to clenching and/or grinding of the teeth or a disk problem. Those patients with a muscular problem usually respond to physiotherapy or a bite splint. Those patients with a disk problem usually respond to a simple procedure called an arthrocentesis where the jaw joint is flushed out and a cortisone type injection is given. Only a very small number of patients require open joint surgery.