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For people experiencing TMJ dysfunction, significant pain is often a daily occurrence. It can be difficult to function if this pain keeps you from being able to move your jaw normally. We’ve worked with many patients experiencing this problem, and we know how frustrating and devastating this can be. Thankfully, we also know how to help. Keep reading to learn more about treatment for TMJ dysfunction.

What Is TMJ Treatment?

TMJ refers to the joints present in the jaw, which can become displaced or damaged. Dysfunction of the TMJ can lead to several recurring problems, including pain in the jaw and head, as well as having a hard time moving the mouth. Pain can also spread to the ears and shoulders. Dysfunction can be caused by injury, excessive grinding of the teeth, or other conditions like arthritis. TMJ dysfunction affects a large number of people, particularly women.

There are non-invasive options to treat TMJ, such as mouth guards and physical therapy, and these can be powerful tools. However, for some people, this just isn’t enough. We’re proud to say that we offer surgical options to address this problem and to provide you with long-lasting relief.

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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Who Is a Candidate for TMJ Treatment?

Almost everyone with TMJ dysfunction can benefit from some type of treatment, but not everyone is a good candidate for surgical procedures. Ideal candidates are in generally good health and either do not smoke or are willing to stop smoking around the time of the procedure. It’s also important for candidates to be open and honest with us about medical history, medication use, and expectations. This helps us make sure that you’re truly making the right decision for your health and your livelihood.

What to Expect During a TMJ Treatment     

We’ll give you a detailed guide on how to prepare so you can feel at ease coming into the procedure. The type of treatment will affect preparation, which we’ll discuss with you during your consultation. If you’re being given general anesthesia, meaning you’ll be unconscious during the procedure, we’ll ask you to stop eating for a certain number of hours before coming in. We’ll also ask you to stop or adjust certain medications, especially blood thinners.

The procedures for treating TMJ vary greatly, depending on your desired results. During your consultation, we’ll tell you what to expect. It’s a good idea to have someone ready to drive you home and be with you during the initial days of your recovery. Patients can usually return home on the same day.

TMJ Treatment Aftercare

Aftercare for TMJ treatments can vary significantly, depending on the procedure. Generally, if you’re undergoing a surgical procedure, you should be prepared to take it easy for a few weeks. Exercise should be stopped during the initial recovery period. In many cases, you’ll need to be on a liquid diet for several days, and movement and solid foods should be avoided for several weeks. During your consultation, we’ll give you a detailed care plan so you can recover as smoothly as possible and enjoy your results.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you know when you need TMJ treatment?

Most individuals who experience consistent pain and tenderness in their jaws and lack jaw mobility should seek professional treatment. Your TMJ specialist can recommend the best treatment for your needs.

What will happen if TMJ is not treated promptly?

If TMJ is left untreated, individuals can experience feelings of numbness or a tingling sensation in their hands. Some individuals may notice their heads are tilted sideways or one shoulder is higher than another.

How do they fix TMJ without surgery?

TMJ can be addressed with non-surgical treatments such as Botox and trigger point therapy.

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At TruForm Surgery, we’re truly passionate about helping people who are struggling with TMJ dysfunction. We’ve seen how deeply it can affect someone’s life, and our goal is to give you results that restore your comfort and your happiness. If you’d like to learn more, contact us today at our office in Brighton, MI.

What Our Patients Say


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!

-Krystal S

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

I had two children get their wisdom teeth out in a weeks time. Both times the secretaries were extremely helpful. The dental assistants were amazing in the way they cared for my kids and were very informative. Dr. Eidson did a great job making sure we knew what was going to happen and what to expect. The incisions seemed to be really clean. He also popped his head out the door as we were leaving to make sure we knew how he thought it went and to let us know if we need anything to contact them.

-Jill C

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