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Old 04-11-2009, 11:24 AM
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After having the surgery, don't do it unless all other options have been exhausted. Long & painful recovery. I also have some VERY minor facial numbness, and 24 years later, am aging faster on the side of the surgery as muscles are sagging more than the other side. I would do it again in the same position, and am only recently starting to have problems even though I was told it would only last 10 years or so. Try an orthodontist, and if they're not maxofillal facial surgeon, don't let them near you with a scalpel, is my advice - this is very delicate surgery!
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:45 PM
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Default TMJ/Jaw Surgery

Originally Posted by JanuaryGirl View Post
Has anyone here had experience getting jaw surgery to correct TMJ? I don't know the specific name of the surgery, but it is when they move your lower jaw forward to correct for appearance of overbite and to line up the teeth. I was diagnosed with TMJ as a kid, I never got it corrected, but the jaw pain is bothering me, the appearance is bothering me, and I think it is leading to sinus trouble also.

Just wondering what your experiences were like, how you found a good doctor, and whether insurance generally covers it.

I did find a good doctor for TMJ he works at Iowa Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons here in Des Moines and I am actually going to be having Surgery in August but the bad thing is you have to go to Iowa City to have surgery or they can send you to Creighton University and they can make you a fitted splint. But unfortunately in my situation I had a MRI and my discs in my jaw joints are popping out when I open and close my mouth which causes it to lock up sometimes for hours at time and my jaw pops and clicks constantly. The Doctors name is Dr. Nielson

Last edited by bettsas; 06-10-2009 at 06:46 PM.. Reason: forgot to put the Doctors name
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:31 PM
Location: Boise, ID
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I didn't even realize that I had TMJ but I see a chiropractor about every four weeks and several months ago I happened to mention that my jaw was hurting and my teeth didn't feel like they lined up in the back. (It was weird, it was like they weren't touching in the back on the right side.) He said he would look at it for me during the adjustment. He clicked on my jaw a few times with his activator and by the time I got off the table my jaw was fixed.

The jaw adjustment held for a couple of weeks at first but now it is fine for the four weeks between my appointments. Only occasionally does it hurt slightly now.

I don't see why anyone wouldn't try a chiropractor first. I realize it might not be the answer for everyone, however.
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:46 AM
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I have not heard anything good about TMJ surgery.

I've had TMJ for 30 years.
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Old 09-05-2009, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by JanuaryGirl View Post
For me, the troubles are more about breathing/chewing than the pain. It will hurt intermittently, which I can live with, but chewing is awkward and I tend to breathe through my mouth. I've had bad sinus trouble since my teens and think it is related to breathing through my mouth/sinuses not draining well because my lower jaw sits so far back.

What makes treating this difficult is that it involves so many different doctors; ENT, orthodontists, jaw surgeons. I'm having trouble finding anyone that will take a more serious holistic look into how the jaw positioning and sinus problems may be related. ENT doctors want to prescribe meds, orthodontists don't know anything about sinus problems, and I don't know if I trust jaw/TMJ specialists to give an honest assesment of whether the problems are related.
I totally agree. I have had sinus/allergy and ear problems my entire life. I was my dr.'s oldest patient w/ tubes in my ears. I've had over 11 surgeries on them and will not have another. I also only breathe through my mouth. My lower jaw is set far back and my upper jaw hangs over w/ gummy smile. I have seen two dentists, an ortho and just this week an oral surgeon. 3 of the 4 said it would probably help my ears and 3 of the 4 said it would help my breathing. You are at a higher risk of sleep apnea and the older/heavier you get the worse it could be. The only problem w/ me is that one of my TMJ's is deteriorating and this surgery probably won't help it--could even make it worse so I have to decide what is more important to me...breathing better/ear fullness better, chewing more functional or possibly getting worse TMJ pain. I'm in a dilemma.
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Old 10-01-2009, 12:14 PM
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Hi, this response is for January Girl. You are CORRECT, facial pain, TMJ, ear problems, and sinus problems can be connected! I am not a doctor, but have been round and round to doctors, specialists, ENTS.... for decades. It cost me thousands of dollars to reach this conclusion, and I hope this will help you. The misalignment, from the grinding, clicking ,clenching... can effect the inner ear causing headaches, dizziness..... In my case, the misalignement also caused problems in the facial muscles, sinus cavities, and I had a blockage where the sinsues kept getting pockets of infections. I had sinus surgery 2 years, thinking all my problems were solved. It helped a lot. Took a lot of the pain and discomfort away, I dont feel like Im under water anymore and a lot of my facial pain went away for awhile. I also started going for oral/facial therapy, I have contact info for you, she is in Morristown, NJ, and is WONDERFUL. Not sure where you live. BUT- I am now looking into TMJ specialists, surgery because the facial pain has returned, and its worse then ever. I was looking at the blogs, I too, and wondering if TMJ surgery works.... what a mess. So, I guess to sum it up, even though I havent had lasting recovery, you were right in thinking that all of those areas are connected, and the specialist I found might help you. She was the ONLY person I met with who ever confirmed these areas are related, and I felt like I found an angel when I met her. It was a VERY frustrating road dealing with this.... hope this helps.
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Old 10-06-2009, 05:05 PM
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I am in Australia, not sure how many aussies there are on this forum. My story is a long and boring one. Had wisdom teeth extracted, 3 car accidents, a slip and fall accident and then back surgery where during the tractioning of my back they have tipped my jaw over the edge and I suffer with constant TMJ pain. The diagnosis is that technically my jaw has been dislocated and both of the discs have been displaced, on partially and the other fully.
I have been seeing chiros for years with a great deal of success for my back, however the jaw has over time become a worsening problem for me. I have recently had botox, which has definately helped with the pain around my temples and forhead from tension, but the top of my head feels like someone is driving a kitchen knive into it and is agonising most of the time. I can put up with pain, but when it starts to rule my life I have issues with that. This has reached a point where it is dictating my lifestyle.
I have suffered with sinus problems, breathing problems, neck problems, deteriorating eye sight, memory problems and constant headaches that are relentless. I take pain killers (max dose daily) and if I happen to have a good day and reduce my medication because of this, I generally pay for it the next day with much higher pain levels again. I don't think these pain killers are doing my body much good as I am starting to get some side effects from these also. Hence I am looking to change things and investigating the surgery option. I would like to get some quality of life back, as quite frankly this sux!
I am looking for anyone out there who may have had TMJ surgery, and things to look for as far as the surgeon etc goes.
Thanks in advance.
Kind Regards
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:19 AM
Location: Florida
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oh me, oh my...............my TMJ is acting up! Haven't had pain or issues with it for a few months but it's back.
Last time,if I'm recalling correctly; the pain lasted about 5 months.
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Old 11-17-2009, 06:06 PM
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Find a good chiropractor!
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Old 11-18-2009, 08:27 AM
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Eat soft foods, apply moist heat or cold, and avoid jaw movements such as wide yawning or gum chewing. Find ways to relax and relieve stress.

A bite plate at night to stop tooth grinding and clenching may also help.

I've had TMJ for 35 years. I don't have too many flare ups. But I clench my teeth at night and it causes me problems. Just got a bite plate to see if it helps. The TMJ has been affecting my hearing so i'm hoping this helps.
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