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What to Expect After TMJ Surgery

Posted on 1/2/2024 by Dr. Brandon Cooley
A person holding their jaw in painIn ensuring a successful recovery following temporomandibular joint (TMJ) surgery, it is crucial to possess knowledge of the postoperative expectations. The following content provides a comprehensive overview of potential results.

Time Immediately Following Surgery

The area surrounding the jawline and face swells for several days to weeks after surgery. It is usual to have pain and discomfort shortly after the surgery.

Changes in Diet

Smoothies, dairy products, mashed veggies, and stews are all excellent options. Your surgeon or dietitian may suggest gradually increasing the number of solid foods you eat while you recover.

Dental Care

For a while after oral surgery, you should refrain from cleaning the region with a toothbrush or dental floss. Taking good care of the surgical area while maintaining a clean mouth is essential. Your dental surgeon will give very clear instructions on how to best clean your mouth after the surgery.

Exercise and Physiotherapy

Once your dental surgeon approves, jaw exercises can help you restore mobility and lessen stiffness. Some individuals can benefit from physiotherapy to help recover jaw function and movement.

Scheduled Visits for Follow-Up

Your recovery and jaw mobility will be closely observed at subsequent appointments. Your surgeon may change your prescription drugs or therapy routines as you progress through treatment.

Thoughts for the Future

Particular individuals might need continuous treatments or activities even after recovering. If your symptoms persist, watch them and let your dentist know about it. Some people do need more time for healing, so be patient.

Healing Time

You should obtain sufficient rest at night to hasten your recovery. It is best to be attentive about participating in strenuous physical activities throughout this recovery phase.

If you have any further postoperative manifestations, contact our dentist immediately. Remembering that various people will have varied experiences during rehabilitation is crucial. To optimize the recovery process following TMJ surgery, adherence to two key factors is imperative: strict adherence to the prescribed instructions and punctual attendance at all planned postoperative follow-up appointments.

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