Our TMJ Disorder Diagnostic Procedure
At hashtagdentist, our well-trained and experienced dental practitioner starts the TMJ examination process with a completed head neck evaluation. They will also look into your past medical history of trauma to the jaw or TMJ issues and verify your habits like grinding and clenching the teeth.
Once the examination procedure completes and temporomandibular disorder is diagnosed, we further test to determine the severity of the issue. From arthrogram, panorex x-ray, tomograms to magnetic resonance imaging, all are the diagnostic TMJ test that we consider as per the seriousness of your TMJ disorder.
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If your TMJ syndrome symptoms are not so severe, then we suggest your medications, a splint or night guard, and other dental treatments including replacing missing teeth using crowns, bridges, or braces. In case, if these treatments don’t work, then we may suggest you for ultrasound therapy, trigger-point injections, radio wave therapy or low-level laser therapy.
However, in the extreme case in which oral splints or mouthguards don’t reduce the severity of your TMJ symptoms, then we suggest you to go for immediate oral surgery treatments. Below are the different oral surgeries for TMJ disorder, which our experts perform depending on the condition.
1. Arthrocentesis: We suggest this oral surgery when you don’t have any history of TMJ syndrome, but your jaws are locked. It is the minor procedure which our team of dentist perform in our TMJ treatment centre. They start the surgery by giving you general anaesthesia, then insert needles into the joint, and lastly wash it out. Using the latest equipment, our team removes damaged tissue or displace a disc stuck in the joint.
2. Arthroscopy: This type of oral surgery for TMJ disorder is also known as minimally invasive, which leaves a smaller scar and has very fewer complications. Our dental practitioner uses arthroscope while performing this surgery as it has a lens and light, which makes it easier to examine inside your joint. In the overall treatment, we aim to eliminate inflamed tissue or realign the disc or joint. It requires very less recovery time as compared to other significant operations.
3. Open-joint surgery: Looking at your TMJ disorder symptoms, it is possible that we don’t recommend arthroscopy. In this case, you may need this open-joint operation. Also, other reasons arise the need to opt for this surgery. Like you have tumours around the joint or the bony structures in your jaw joint is damaged. You might need more time to heal after open-joint surgery.