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Surgery-what do I do?

Surgery-what do I do?

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Posted by Lisa on January 10, 2000 at 14:44:23:

I am 33 years old and have had problems with my jaw for 19 years but was diagnosed with TMJ about 7 years ago.
I cannot fully open my mouth intially but have learned to move my jaw around which I guess moves the
disc back in place and allows me to open my mouth fully. I have been fitted for night guards/splints
several times but it doesn't seem to help-actually, it hurts me more-my jaw feels tighter.
I guess I have learned to live with this-I have headaches more when I am under stress, so I know when it's
TMJ related, and it always feel inflammed.

Within the last year, when I went to the dentist-which is always a struggle since
I have to keep my mouth open for long periods of time, he told me it would only get worse if I let it go so I went to an oral & maxillofacial surgeon. He recommended
surgery and a procedure that would cut near my ear. I went for a second opinion and this doctor also told me surgery but he would perform the surgery a different way-he would
go through my mouth instead of cutting-then wire my mouth closed for about three weeks.

I'm starting to get scared. Has anyone had good outcomes with surgery? Can it only get worse?

Thanks for any responses!



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