TMJ Replacements

A total TMJ replacement is similar to hip surgery, in that it’s a “ball and socket” type of prosthetic joint being placed. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and only two incisions are made: Behind the lower jaw, where the condylar component (or “ball”) is placed and in front of the ear, where the fossa component (or “socket”) is implanted.

When Is TMJ Surgery Required?

This surgery is a last resort for TMJ sufferers and is only recommended for the most severe cases of degeneration within the joint, which causes incredible pain and loss of function.

You may qualify for a total TMJ replacement if you suffer from any of the following symptoms (which aren’t being alleviated by any other TMJ treatment):

  • Immobility of the joint
  • Inflammatory arthritis
  • Loss of correct jaw position due to trauma, bone loss, or tumor
  • Previously failed TMJ reconstructions

If you’d like more information on total TMJ replacements, please make an appointment to see our highly qualified maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Matthew Schacht, at Denver Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.