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Ask yourself the following questions to help you determine whether TM joint surgery is an absolute for your situation.

  1. Is your joint diseased that it needs to have surgery to remove the active pathology?
  2. Did you have failing prosthetic joints and or experiencing failed joint replacement surgery?
  3. Do your joints have any tumors or pathologic growth anomalies?
  4. Do you have absolute ankylosis of the TMJ that you cannot open or move your mouth open or closed?
  5. or did the doctors identify the existence of coronoid hyperplasia (elongation of the coronoid process)?

There are no objective criteria or indications for performing temporomandibular joint surgery for the more common pain and dysfunction disorders. This is good reason why the patient musts be educated and learn when joint surgery is indicated and reasonable.

If you don’t have these issues, then you may want to seek another opinion and or route to your treatment.


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