Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a common and painful condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It can bring discomfort, limited jaw movement, and difficulties with everyday activities like eating and speaking. While traditional treatment methods can be effective, there are situations where the intervention of an oral surgeon in Medford becomes necessary to provide long-lasting relief.
Oral surgeons have specialized knowledge and training in diagnosing and treating problems affecting the mouth, jaw, and related areas. They have a deep understanding of the complex structure and function of the temporomandibular joint, which allows them to provide comprehensive care for TMJ disorders.
Oral surgeons carefully examine TMD patients to understand their symptoms and identify the causes of their condition. They assess factors like jaw pain, clicking or popping sounds, and difficulty moving the jaw to determine how severe the TMD is and what might be causing it. They may use imaging tests like X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs to clearly see the joint’s condition and make an accurate diagnosis.
a) Arthrocentesis: This minimally invasive technique relieves TMD symptoms. Oral surgeons insert small needles into the joint space to clean it and remove debris, reducing inflammation and improving jaw movement.
b) TMJ Arthroscopy: Oral surgeons may perform TMJ arthroscopy in more complex situations. They make small incisions and insert a tiny camera and surgical tools into the joint. This allows them to see and treat various TMJ conditions, like displaced discs, damaged cartilage, or scar tissue.
c) Open Joint Surgery: Oral surgeons may choose open joint surgery for severe and complex TMD They make a larger incision to directly access the joint. This allows them to repair or replace damaged structures, address joint degeneration, or correct structural abnormalities.
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