Personal stories about surgery for temporomandibular disorder
These stories are based on information gathered from health
professionals and consumers. They may be helpful as you make important health
Ann, age 35: Although I have severe symptoms,
they are new. I am treating this TM disorder by eating pureed foods, using
medication for muscle spasm and pain, and wearing a dental splint, and soon
I'll be starting jaw exercises.
Bill, age 27: My doctor and I have decided to
use arthroscopy to clean out my joint area, because there's stuff in there
that's in the way and I can't open my mouth very far. She says that I have a
good chance of that working as long as I do some physical therapy afterwards.
I'm going to give it a try.
Karen, age 40: I considered surgery years ago
when my TM symptoms got severe a couple of times, but I've learned how to
manage the condition. I have managed my TM disorder for over 10 years now by
not overtaxing my jaw, doing jaw stretches, wearing a dental splint when I'm
under stress and grind my teeth at night, and using medication when muscle
spasm becomes a problem. It'll never be "right" again, but I'm afraid that
surgery would make it worse!
Terry, age 55. Apparently, my rheumatoid
arthritis has broken down my jawbone enough that only reconstructive surgery
can fix it. I hate the idea of surgery, but I'm in such pain that I can barely
use my jaw anymore.
Kathleen M. Ariss, MS
Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
January 24, 2008
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 24, 2008
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