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Cartilage Disc Repair & Repositioning


From working with countless patients, we know how frustrating and, for many people, debilitating it can be to experience TMJ complications. TMJ dysfunction can cause large amounts of pain that are persistent. At TruForm Surgery, our mission is to improve the livelihoods of our patients. If you’re struggling with pain or other symptoms of TMJ dysfunction, keep reading to determine if cartilage disc repair and repositioning might be the right next step for you.

What Is Cartilage Disc Repair and Repositioning?

For multiple reasons, including injury, the articular disc in the jaw can be damaged or displaced, causing a range of issues, including intense pain. Cartilage disc repair and repositioning is a surgical procedure that allows us to work with the damaged or displaced cartilage, restoring functionality in the area. It is a surgical procedure, so downtime should be expected as you recover, but the results should help you resume a normal, happier life without the constant presence of pain in the jaw.

Who Is a Candidate for Cartilage Disc Repair and Repositioning?

Not everyone is an ideal candidate for cartilage disc repair and repositioning. Candidates who can benefit from this procedure are those struggling with intense pain and frustration due to displacement or damage of their articular disc. Ideal candidates are generally healthy and either do not smoke or are willing to stop both before the procedure and during the recovery process. During your consultation, we’ll also go over your medical history to make sure that you don’t have any conditions that could hinder the healing process or present risk to you.

Adam Eidson, DDS, FACS

Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

As a top Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, he’s board-certified and a Fellow of leading surgical associations. Co-founder of TruForm Surgery, Dr. Eidson, a Grand Haven, Michigan native, served as a Major in the US Army, specializing in jaw disorders and trauma cases. With a Dental Surgery degree from the University of Michigan, he brings a simple, compassionate approach to oral and maxillofacial health.

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What to Expect During a Cartilage Disc Repair and Repositioning Procedure        

Before the day of the procedure, we’ll make sure you’re well-prepared by giving you a list of preparation necessities. This procedure usually requires general anesthesia, meaning you’ll be asleep, and we’ll talk to you about when you should stop eating or drinking before the procedure. We’ll also likely ask you to stop taking certain medications, especially ones that could increase your risk for bleeding.

Once the anesthesia has started to work, we’ll begin the procedure by making a precise incision in the area. By doing this, we’re able to access the disc and reposition it, pinning it in place. This method also allows us to make necessary repairs.

Cartilage Disc Repair and Repositioning Aftercare

You’ll be able to return home the day of the surgery, but make sure someone is ready to drive you and be with you during the first couple nights of recovery. We’ll likely give you a small tube to drain extra fluid and prevent buildup. We’ll remove this at a later point. You’ll need to refrain from eating solid food for several days, and stick to soft food for around one month. You should try to keep from stretching your mouth for around 6 weeks to make sure that the area heals properly. We’ll give you a highly detailed care plan so you can feel confident in your recovery at home. It takes patience, but the results are worth it.

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We’re proud to offer cartilage disc repair and repositioning as one of our specialties. Using this procedure, we’re dedicated to improving the lives of our patients. If this sounds like something that could benefit you, contact us at our office in Brighton, MI.

What Our Patients Say


It was overall a wonderful experience. Not knowing what to expect for my first extraction, bone graft and implant – the entire staff and Dr. Edison were very helpful explaining the options, risks and process. They were attentive to and compassionate about my comfort during the whole process. Thank you Dr. Edison and team!!

-Mike L

Dr. Eidson and staff are truly amazing! I had to get a tooth pulled and an implant in and they made me feel so safe and taken care of! I knew what was happening all along the way so there were never any surprises! My family and I are lifetime patients!

-Kelly S

My son had all 4 wisdom teeth taken out and was nervous. They made him feel very comfortable and that helped him immensely! They also called to follow up to see how he was doing. I would highly recommend going to TruForm Surgery for wisdom teeth!

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