Depending on the results of previous surgeries, the amount of damage to your temporomandibular joint, and other factors, TMJ replacement may be needed in some cases. Dr. Fathimani is a triple-board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon specializing in TMJ surgeries and TMJ replacement using the safest and most effective techniques.
The Last Resort for TMJ Disorders
The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull. It is a complex joint that allows your jaw to move in many directions. TMJ surgery is performed when the joint is not functioning properly because of arthritis, injury, congenital defects, and other problems. Dr. Fathimani offers TMJ replacement surgery if all other non-surgical and surgical solutions have failed to yield the desired results. He specializes in TMJ replacement with autogenous (natural) or artificial materials.
What is TMJ Replacement Surgery?
TMJ replacement surgery is performed to improve the function of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The procedure involves making strategic incisions in front of the ear and in the crease of the neck, following which the damaged or injured jaw joint is removed and replaced with a TMJ implant. Depending on your age and other factors, TMJ replacement can be performed using autogenous (natural) tissues drawn from the rib or artificial materials. The specific details vary from one individual to the next.
The TMJ Replacement Surgical Process
The TMJ replacement surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The procedure may involve using standard orthodontic appliances to align the teeth during the surgery. The surgeon makes two incisions — one in front of the ear and the other in the crease of the neck. After making the incision, the damaged TMJ is removed and replaced with implant material. Finally, the incisions are sutured closed, and the recovery process can begin.
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Dr. Kayvan Fathimani is a triple-board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon committed to helping you overcome your TMJ disorder. He administers cutting-edge diagnostic tests and curates a personalized treatment plan to address your concerns. He only recommends surgery if all other non-surgical options fail to yield the desired results. Please schedule a consultation to explore your TMJ treatment options.