Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which attaches your lower jaw to your skull, is one of the most complex in your body. The ball-in-socket design is how you’re able to move your lower jaw in virtually any direction and comfortably bite and chew foods, talk, yawn, and complete other movements. If this joint is dislocated or damaged, it can lead to chronic jaw and joint pain, headaches, teeth grinding and clenching, sore facial muscles, popping and clicking during movement, and even joint immobility and lock jaw. Sometimes the TM joint has problems too severe to correct with more conservative treatment like oral appliances, occlusal adjustment, and physical therapy.
If you are suffering with complex TM joint problems due to injury, osteoarthritis, immobility, tumor, or developmental deformity, we can help you find relief through surgical TMJ treatment in Catonsville, MD. Our board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. David Bastacky, has been providing specialized TMJ treatment and total joint reconstruction for 30 years and has demonstrated incredible skill in these complex surgeries. Working alongside a multi-specialty team, he leverages his clinical experience and computer-guided technology to provide personalized surgical care with predictable, lasting outcomes.
How TMJ Treatment Can Benefit You
Improved jaw and joint function
Establish better dental occlusion
Comfortably eat a wider range of foods
Reduced or eliminated jaw and joint pain
Improve breathing and sleep apnea symptoms
Common Solutions for TMJ Disorder
Although we are skilled in the most complex surgical solutions to TMJ disorder we will always recommend more conservative treatment methods first. Below are some of the most effective treatment solutions for TMJ disorders:
Exercises to help strengthen and stretch the jaw muscles to improve mobility and motion. Heat and ice therapy to help with blood circulation and pain. Massage therapy to help relieve muscle tension and discomfort.
Repairing or replacing the TM joint(s) with a custom-fitted implant to restore proper and comfortable function for everyday movements.
Predictable, High-Tech Treatment
Total TM joint replacement is a complex treatment that requires the skill and expertise of our oral surgeon. Backed by his decades of experience, Dr. Bastacky uses the innovative manufacturing company, TMJ Concepts, for planning out your TMJ total joint construction and constructing computer-guided TM joint prosthetics. These patient-fitted implants are designed for your unique jaw anatomy and will replace or reconstruct your natural TM joint. Your surgery is significantly more efficient and predictable with this level of precision during the planning and constructing phase of your treatment. With these protocols for TMJ treatment, we consistently help our patients achieve better function and comfort, and an overall improved quality of life. We can help you, too.
Understanding TM Joint Replacement
It’s normal to feel anxious or stressed about undergoing surgical TMJ treatment. Rest assured, Dr. Bastacky has the clinical experience, innovative technology, and anesthesia options to provide a comfortable experience and predictable, life-changing results. We’ll provide you with all the information needed to prepare for your surgery, as well as walk you through the process so you know what to expect. On the day of your surgery, our trained and licensed surgical team will be ready to administer general anesthesia. Then, our oral surgeon will make two small incisions to gain access to your TM joint and lower jaw. Next, he’ll secure the TMJ implant to your bone and suture the tissues in a strategic way to minimize visible scars. Your recovery will take some time and you’ll need some physical therapy. Overall, you can expect to regain noticeable and comfortable function for everyday movements like eating and talking! If you’re experiencing debilitating problems with your TM joint, we encourage you to contact our experienced team right away and receive the freedom you need to live a higher quality of life!
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