What is a temporomandibular joint disorder?
The temporomandibular joints (TMJs) are a crucial part of the face, because they are the foundation of jaw health. TMJs determine the position of the jaws, how the face develops and functions, the appearance of the face, and the comfort level of the mouth and jaw.
Without healthy TMJs, a patient receiving corrective jaw surgery might not achieve their desired outcome.
What does TMJ surgery involve?
Arthroscopic Surgery — A surgeon here at Jaw Center Los Angeles will use a special instrument with an attached camera to loosen the joint or move a disc that has been displaced and is causing the joint not to function properly.
Open Arthroplasty — A Specialist here at Jaw Center LA will make an incision in order to manually repair or reconstruct the joint, sometimes by removing, moving, or replacing a misplaced disc.
Total Joint Replacement — A Specialists here at Jaw Center Los Angeles will entirely replace the joint, only in cases where the joint will not respond to other surgical methods.