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?