We are pleased to announce that the Cincinnati Center for Corrective Jaw Surgery is now able to care for patients who suffer from jaw joint problems commonly known as TMJ or TMD with arthroscopic surgery.
What is TMJ/TMD?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint – the jaw joint. TMD stands for temporomandibular dysfunction. TMD relates to pain, limited opening, bite problems from muscle overloading and conditions that range from clicking, popping and locking of the jaws to rheumatoid arthritis.
Our Treatment Algorithm – Conservative Therapy First
According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 35 million people in this country suffer from varying degrees of TMJ dysfunction or TMD. Approximately 10% of this group will seek treatment for their symptoms. The majority of those patients can be well managed with conservative therapy – therapy that can be initiated and managed by family dentists. Thus, our treatment algorithm begins with the dentist. To be sure, arthroscopic surgery of the TMJ should be reserved for cases of TMD that are not resolved with conservative treatment. Proper vetting of the patient and strict adherence to accepted conservative management principles are key.