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Jaw Orthopedics: A New Paradigm for TMD Treatment Helps People Lead Pain-free Lives

3-D CAT Scan image depicting TMD eorision and destruction prior to reconstruction.
The NYU College of Dentistry is offering a new treatment called “jaw orthopedics,” which allows people suffering from TMD (temporomandibular disorder) to lead pain-free lives.

TMD is an acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint, which connects the lower jaw to the skull. The disorder can result in such significant chronic pain, impairment, stress and anxiety, that many people are no longer able to function.

Until recently, treatment was limited to removal of the joint without reconstruction. But the past several years have seen a refinement not only of imaging technologies, but also of reconstruction materials that has made the kind of treatment that NYU offers the standard of care for adults.

To create a joint prosthesis that fits perfectly, the NYU team uses the latest CT-scan imaging. A very accurate computer-designed, custom-made prosthesis is constructed from that imaging. In the past, the surgery to place the prosthesis would have required two or three procedures; today it is all done in one visit. The prosthesis has an estimated lifespan of between 20 and 30 years. Care is provided in tandem with a pain management specialist at the New York University Langone Medical Center and an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who subspecializes in pain management of the head and neck.

For further information or to schedule a consultation, call Deborah Granger in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at NYU College of Dentistry, at (212) 998-9329.

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