TMJ disorder is a serious issue that can make life miserable. Because they are desperate to enjoy the same quality of life as their friends and families, TMD sufferers are often willing to try anything. While a few turn to alternative treatments, such as yoga, massage and acupuncture; others feel they have no choice but to go under the knife.

A Big Commitment

TMJ surgery is a serious procedure that makes permanent changes to the body. Frightening, invasive and painful, this type of surgery aims to alleviate TMD symptoms using one of two potential strategies. Half the time, surgeons will remove bone or tissue in an attempt to restore natural jaw function. Sometimes, however, they will replace the temporomandibular joint with an artificial joint that’s meant to perform the same functions as a natural joint.

Unfortunately, few people truly understand the ins and outs of TMJ surgery. To get a better idea of what this type of drastic surgical procedure entails, view the following video:

Patient Outlook

Sadly, TMJ surgical procedures have several unpleasant side-effects. First, because it is such a huge undertaking, TMJ surgery results in significant downtime. Additionally, since it is especially invasive, this type of surgery causes significant pain. Lastly, surgical procedures don't always relieve TMD symptoms; in fact, many times, patients continue to endure symptoms even after submitting to drastic procedures that make permanent alterations to their bodies.

A Smarter Way

If you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, Dr. Dunayer can offer lasting relief from TMD without using scary, invasive procedures. By correcting his patients' bad bites, Dr. Dunayer addresses the source of TMD, without causing the same disturbing side-effects associated with painful surgical procedures. To learn more, contact his office today.