Temporomandibular Joint Surgery

Also known as: TMJ surgery.

What is temporomandibular joint surgery?

The temporomandibular joint refers to the area where the lower jaw meets the skull. Temporomandibular joint surgery can repair problems related to this joint known as temporomandibular joint disorders.

What happens during the procedure?

The exact nature of the procedure can vary based on the condition that is present. It typically involves removing tissue, cleaning or smoothing rough bone surfaces and removing, replacing or repositioning the discs that cushion the temporomandibular joint.  

Is any special preparation needed?

The patient may need to avoid food, drink or certain medications for a period of time before the procedure is performed.

What are the risk factors?

Infection, bleeding, nerve injury, a fractured jaw or the failure of the surgery to correct the problem are a few potential complications of temporomandibular joint surgery.


Reviewed by: Chad A Perlyn, MD

This page was last updated on: 7/9/2018 5:21:20 PM

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