Auckland Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Group
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Surgery
Arthrocentesis: one or two needles are inserted into the joint in front of the ear to flush the joint free of inflammation and mobilise an adherent disc. The aim is to reduce pain symptoms and unstick a "locked" jaw.
Arthroplasty (Open Surgery): an incision is made in front of the ear, giving the surgeon access to reconstruct the joint by e.g. smoothing joint surfaces, repairing discs or removing diseased tissue. If a joint replacement is necessary, a second incision under the angle of the jaw may be required.