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Invasive approaches to treat TMJ disorders

Posted on November 26, 2014 4:47 pm under Medical Malpractice

A temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is any painful condition affecting the temporomandibular joint – a structure that connects the lower jaw to the skull. Although common, most TMJ disorders are mild, temporary, and self-limiting. Sadly, TMJ disorders have been associated with a dental practioner’s lack of training and recklessness in performing dental procedures, such as installing defective dental products, and carrying out unnecessary tooth extraction for monetary gain.

Doctors may recommend invasive procedures to treat serious cases of TMJ disorders. These procedures may include:

  • Corticosteroid injections – Corticosteroid injections can sometimes be prescribed to alleviate the symptoms of TMJ disorder
  • Arthrocentesis – Involves the use of needles to drain the debris and byproducts present in and around the TMJ
  • Surgery – If the disorder is caused by a structural defect in the TMJ, doctors may recommend replacing or repairing the joint

Some of these procedures, however, were found to be controversial by some experts due to their inherent medical risks. If a negligent dental professional has caused you further health damages, consult with a dental malpractice attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling our Milwaukee office at (414) 271-0900 today.