When is TMJ Surgery Necessary?

Boutique Dentistry for Nashville, Tennessee

woman with jaw pain holds the side of her face in painIt’s no secret that temporomandibular joint disorders are painful and can have a major impact on your quality of life. Unfortunately, many people avoid seeking treatment because they automatically assume they will need to have some obscure jaw surgery like having their jaw wired shut. This is a myth. Treating TMJ disorders requires a dentist with extensive knowledge and training on the subject. At The Center for Advanced Dentistry, Dr. White applies neuromuscular dentistry techniques to treat patients suffering from TMJ pain.

What are TMJ Disorders?

TMJ is the joint in your face that connects the jaw to the skull. When the jaw joints, facial muscles, and teeth are not in a harmonious balance, people can develop painful symptoms including jaw, neck and facial pain, frequent headaches, and much more. Without treatment, TMJ disorders can damage teeth and leave people living a painful life.

What if a Doctor Tells Me I Need TMJ Surgery?

One of the biggest problems with TMJ is that it’s often misdiagnosed. Oftentimes if someone is suffering from frequent headaches, their doctor will place blame on hormone imbalances or too much screen time. Many patients take years of suffering to finally receive an accurate TMJ diagnosis. If they visit a dentist or doctor who doesn’t have extensive knowledge of TMJ disorders, they may even recommend surgery to correct the problem. Most of the time, surgery is completely unnecessary.

Before you commit to painful jaw surgery, we highly recommend getting a second opinion from a qualified dentist like Dr. White. Dr. White will carefully examine your jaw to determine how severe your case is and to create a treatment plan that works for you.

Non-Surgical TMJ Treatments

At the Center for Advanced Dentistry in Nashville, TN, we treat our patients with non-surgical TMJ treatments. Our ultimate goal is to restore a harmonious balance to your jaw muscles, joints, and teeth. This may include wearing a custom orthotic appliance, orthodontics, dental restorations, or neuromuscular dentistry. We search for all ways to treat you that don’t require surgery. Our TMJ treatment options are highly effective and can relieve you of your painful TMJ symptoms for the rest of your life.

If you’re ready to get your life back on track without enduring painful TMJ surgery, contact Dr. White in Nashville to get a proper TMJ diagnosis. We utilize the latest neuromuscular diagnostics to give you an accurate diagnosis that helps us plan a non-surgical TMJ treatment. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for TMJ treatment by calling (615) 383-6787.